In my recent book Just Some Thoughts on pages 62-63 there is a picture of me standing next to a 1957 Chevy and I reference a story where I tell about the day I took my dad's car to the drag strip. At the end of that story I confess I never told my dad about that happening.
In Coach Pat Summitt's book Sum It Up she tells a story about the night when she was a teenager that she, another girl and two guys climbed the water tower in their small town. She and the girl climbed the tower but backed out before getting all the way to the top.The two boys went on and at the very top of the tower painted "Class of 69" and "Class of 70" in huge letters.
Her father, Richard Head, at the time was the water commissioner for this small town. Every morning he would check the tower. That morning at breakfast not knowing who had done the tower art the night before said: "Whoever did this needs to be punished--and the parents who raised kids to do that ought to also be punished." Thirty years later when she was home for a visit she and the girl who was with her that night confessed to their part in the actions that night. Her father's reaction: "I guess you young ladies know you aren't too big to spank." With that his shoulders shook with laughter.
Today our son is in his late 40s'. Sometime ago he said to me, "Dad you remember that long weekend you and mom went to Vermont for a short get away?" "Yes." "You told me not to take the car and go out of town?" "Yes." "Well that week-end Doug and I took the car drove to Philadelphia to see the Rolling -Stones concert at JFK stadium with about 50,000 other folks."
I guess confession even if years later is good for the soul. By the way I never told my dad about the car and drag strip. I always meant to...just never go around to it. But something tells me I wonder if he didn't all ready know.
Oh by the way, what is it that you have not or did not tell your parents? Come on, don't try to tell us otherwise.
Footnote: The picture at the top/the water tower--- If you are from Indiana you might know. This is the water tower as it stands today in Milan, Indiana. In 1954 the Milan Indians won the Indiana State high school basketball championship They beat the largest high school in the state, The Muncie Central Bearcats for the title. From that came the seed for the movie Hoosiers.
November 2, 2017