A Father’s Legacy: Memories From a Thankful Son
My father stood on two hands.
I cried. He didn’t know it, but I was crying. I was eight.
He was performing one of his trademark hand stands near a rock ledge in the Sierra Nevadas. My father was a gymnast. My father was a Marine.
My father is my hero.
My father taught me how to ride a bike, how to swing a bat, and how to run with all my might.
He taught me how to wrestle, how to fish, and how to get strong doing pull-ups.
He taught to me to love our country,
and to have compassion for our wounded warriors.
He taught me how to stand at attention during the National Anthem and how to salute the flag.
He taught me how drive a car, how to run three miles, and how to survive in the water if lost at sea (the “dead man’s float”).
My father played catch with me. He watched movies with me. He built models with me.
He taught me how to love.
He taught me how to hate injustice. He taught me the value of a dollar and the importance of a work ethic.
My father showed me how to serve my country.
My father told me I brought him great joy.
He is a man of few words. He makes them count.
I love my father. I have always felt his love for me.
If I lose my father, I will lose a lot.
That’s why I cried when he stood on two hands.
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About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.