Happy Fathers Day
“Don’t want him to be hated, all the time, judged/Don’t be like your daddy that would never budge” – Kanye West (New Day)
I have no idea why I spent most of this morning listening to New Day off the Watch The Throne album.
Since I could remember I’ve always had a supersized ego although things have really toned down since I turned 16. So, hearing a self-proclaimed egomaniac like Kanye West on a Letter To My Unborn Child-Esque song say something like “I’ll never let my son have an ego/He’ll be nice to everyone, wherever we go” and then go on further to show the dark side of egoism hits quite different.
I remember some years ago, about five or six years, my father bought me a Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.
I refused it.
My excuse was that it wasn’t my size, but the truth is we were in the middle of an argument and I was trying to make a point.
I was angry at my father and if I couldn’t put it into words, what could have been better than rejecting a gift? Or so I thought.
What’s funny is in my lifetime I’ve seen very few NFL jerseys that weren’t oversized.
In five weeks time, it will be 3 years since my father died.
Most of the memories I have is him wearing that jersey bent over working. I can’t get it out of my mind.
The biggest sore point for me is my father never finished primary school but he died a day before I wrote my final exams.
For someone who placed a serious premium on education, the strangest punishment fate could hand him was not being alive to see his first child graduate university.
I’ve never been really one to eulogize men because I believe that just like humans even the greatest of men have flaws. But when I think about everything my father had to face in his lifetime; a civil war, limited education, crazy financial responsibility, frail health, being orphaned at a tender age, carrying three generations of family and an entire community on his back, that man is forever a legend in my eyes.
It’s crazy we had a fractious relationship just like most first sons with oversized expectations and responsibilities have with their fathers, but what is ironic is that when I really think about it, I’m my father’s son true and through. We both had a deep-seated love for family, community, football, inability to handle our liquor and spotted bald heads😂
I have very few regrets in life, but one of them is not accepting that jersey. And the fact that we can never watch a Pittsburgh Steelers game together or me dreading to come back home whenever Chelsea didn’t win a match because he would heckle me to no end is quite painful.
Never let ego ruin a good thing.
So, Happy Fathers Day to all fathers living or dead, and especially the young men who were forced to become fathers at a very tender age. I understand because I’m a father nowadays 😁
Happy Fathers Day to Okoro Sunday Innocent. Am I a pussy nigga if I wish you could be alive to hold me like this sometimes? 😭