I want to take the time to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! As I noted in my post last month for Mother’s Day, I hope all of you get to spend time with your dad this weekend. For those of you that are no longer able to do so, my family and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers this weekend. Sunday will be my 8th Father’s Day, and I only bring that up because I still forget that I “qualify” for this special day. My thoughts on this day usually turn to the father’s that have shaped my life – James Thomas Briscoe, Sr., Leon Colquitt Watson, Sanders Thomas Briscoe, and Charles A. Underwood. I hope to one day be worthy of acceptance into this small but distinguished fraternity of dads and granddads. The last two men on the list I only knew through a child’s eyes, but I look forward to one day speaking with them man to man. Leon is my father-in-law, and has been in my life about 15 or so years. That relationship is very important to me, and I value it immensely. He is a great friend and confidant, father of my bride, and granddaddy to my boys.
James Thomas Briscoe, Sr. is my father. Daddy. Paw Paw. Mr. JT. Some of y’all know him from his days in the Pharmacy. I have learned so much from him I cannot begin to express all the lessons he has taught me in my life in this post. Some lessons were obvious and others were not. Some of the lessons were the work ethic of a 50 year career in pharmacy, the love and dedication of almost 52 years of marriage, the guts to wear a snoopy tie to the corporate office because his kids gave it to him, the understanding of a wife’s reaction when he squirted ketchup on my brother’s new white dress shirt and threw a biscuit across the table into her glass of sweet tea, the look of loving discipline that will stop me in my tracks still today, the prayer offered to a son in the Chapel at the University of Georgia moments before he stood with me as my best man, and the example of how to be a loving and supportive father to 3 kids and Paw Paw to 4 grandkids. Happy Father’s Day Daddy!
Again I hope everyone has a safe and happy Father’s Day with family and friends. I appreciate what all of you do each and every day to care for our patients and their family members. Lastly please indulge me as I share a few more photos of my boys, especially my youngest doing what he refers to as an old man golfer.