Thursday, April 06, 2006

To Dance With My Father Again

I saw my Dad a couple of weeks ago. I love him beyond words. He and my Mom divorced when I was five or six years old. I still remember how I used sit as close to him as I could when I rode in his Grand Prix. It's funny how clear my emotions where at that age. When we left my Dad I was so heartbroke. I was a Daddies boy. My Dad inspired me to dance. I loved to see him dance. When he danced he was happy. When I dance I'm happy.

I wish I could get the moments in time back that I missed with him. I'm a grown man who's still a Daddies boy. I watched my Dad become a complete man over the years. He not only did his best to take care of us, but he took care of his sisters and brothers well into adulthood after my Grandmother passed. I know where I got my love and burden for humanity from. Anyone who knows my Dad says the same thing, he's a good man.

I love my kids the way he loved us. Even though the marriage didn't workout, I still had the greatest Father because he poured his heart into mind. A couple of years ago on his Birthday we danced together. Now I just want to dance with my Father again. These thoughts were inspired by Luther Vandross's song, "Dance With My Father".

28 comments:

doubleknot said...

Such a loveing tribute to your father. He sounds like a good man and I am happy for you that you had him in your life.

Nölff said...

It's cool to love your dad.
I love my dad too. That's cool.

On the other hand:
Tag

thomas said...

Great dad, like my dad.
God bless all dad

Major Jeff, USAF said...

Dear Stan,
Hey man! We are here serving in Baghdad, Iraq. I know you were in the Navy and love America! We are thanked daily by the Iraqis for being here, Bro. We all want to complete this mission by empowering the Iraqi people and then coming back home! Have you thought about performing for the troops-we'd love to see you! I just listened to some of your old music and jammed to it-"Pumps" and "U Can't Touch This." You are still the best. What a beautiful, loving testimony of your love for your Dad and his love for humanity. I am a Christian too and love Jesus. I am ready for you to make a major comeback in Jesus' name Brother...Please keep us in your prayers here. In Christ, Jeff (USAF) PS I'd be honored to meet you and I will be coming back home to Travis AFB in June 06.

Phil said...

At least you have the opportunity to share that with your own children.

MrBigPappa said...

Stan,
Wow! You have a lot of spiritual metaphors here. I too have been learning to dance with my father(God), and it has been so awesome. We at the church I got to www.zhop.org started last night with dancing in the service to usher in the Spirit of God in to the service. You should join us.

North said...

Dear Mr. MC, wonderful, evoking-love, tribute of your Dad--unsung hero's, of a child's perspective of manhood, responsibility, love and family-hood; as the foundation of life.

May you and your Dad, MC; have many, many more memories to "make" while ..dancing..


Dear Phil..may bridges be crossed for you..just posted this on my blog; and share it here with MC, ya'll, and his tribute/Ode, to his Dad; as inspiration to "add."

The master shines.

He never says "mine."
Gold, stone, earth—
They are all the same to him.

He is not bound by sloth,
Nor consumed by his own activity.

He has severed the knots which bind his heart.

-Ashtavakra Gita
18:88

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. http://www.shambhala.com.



North

QweenS said...

That's a great tribute to your dad. I loved my dad beyond words too and still do, he passed away 4 years ago. Like your dad, he was a good man and father.

Butchieboy said...

Hammer, do you ever get those big pants out to go jogging or to the gym? People would be all "What the...?"

Sonny Metcalfe said...

I understand your fellings. Those who still have their fFather with them to day should take the time to spend some time.I miss my father everyday. Althoug I have six sisters and five brothers,I would like to belive that I was my fathers favorite, but knowing him he made all of his children feel like they were his favorite. I am the fifth child/second son. I am my fathers' Junior. I followed in his foots steps and right out of High School I went into the army (my older brother went Air Force). My Father made us laugh with his quirky sayings, and when he would banged out a song on the old upright piano in the house. When he handed out some what I call country wisdom it was not hard to see the love in his eyes even if it stung a little. He was raised in Aberdeen, Mississippi so sometimes that wisdom came in the form of a belt.I mimick him a lot now that I have gotten older.
When I see a picture of him in his Army uniform on the mantle next to mine, my eyes would sometimes water but I would always manage to cough up a little chuckle.

Nightmare said...

beautiful sentiment Hammer! I am going to call my Dad right now.

gracie said...

MC, your post reminds me of the song "I can only imagine"... and the wondering whether we will dance when we meet our Father God.
"Now I just want to dance with my Father again.".. I'm sure your Father would be very proud to hear you say this!
Love your blog btw.

nicole said...

We NEED more great fathers like that in the world. And I'm a total Daddy's girl so I know exactly where you're coming from, Hammer. :)

MC Hammer said...

Major Jeff,
First of all, Thank All Of U! U know my love for the troops and America. Yes, I am a Proud Navy Vet! I'm always on call for a show for the troops. When U get back in June and after U get rested send me a note and we will get a cup of coffee. My prayers are with U all.

PASTOR XERXES AKA X-HO said...

GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE NET AGAIN

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BakaGaijin252 said...

That's sweet!

Ava said...

I know your sentiment for your father. That's great!

I sing and play music with my father and the memories are very fond ones. When I get to sing and play with him now, which I did last weekend, I treasure every second ... listening to his voice ... watching his hands on the guitar ... trying to soak it all up.

Ava

Rev. Valerie said...

I hear ya! It's interesting, before I turned on the computer today, I had a good cry, you see, this month is the first anniversary of my dad's death. I thank God I was able to talk to him,touch his body, talk to him, look into his eyes, and kiss him on the forehead while he was taking his last breaths of life. PEOPLE-THANK GOD FOR YOUR BREATH! He was a music lover, jazz and the Detroit sounds. He loved to tell jokes, laugh heartily, play practical jokes on you and dance. He was a very hard worker from a young age taking care of his younger siblings, and me and my siblings, when we were young. As the best dancer of my high school, and also a great singer, I thank my dad and mom too.

MC Hammer said...

Rev Val,
A fathers love is so special. I'm glad that you had a,"good cry" in
his memory. Many never know what it is to have a "soul connection" to their father.
Our fathers are the foundation for our lives. Your father lives on through your spirit.
If you get a chance, listen to Luthers song,"Dance with my father" and feel your fathers love ever present.

ijebuman said...

OMG can't believe that i posted a similar entry on april 19 in memory of my dad. Just checked out your blog today and read this entry.
Yeah i never knew i was a 'daddies boy' myself till my dad passed on...

'c' is for cancer said...

I just came across your site as I was looking for a music code for 'Dance with my father'. It's 7 years ago today that i lost my father. He passed Aug. 14, 1999. I had to leave a message. My blog is dedicated to my cancer and yet I am still dealing with my fathers.

cisforcancer.blogspot.
Tania
Bless you Sir.

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