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Wishing to see dad for one more Father's Day

Friday, June 17, 2011

ZIONSVILLE -- The ads scream out to get dad a tie, shirt, golf clubs, power tools, car wash passes, on and on and on for Father's Day.

While all that's good, what I would like most this Father's Day is a day pass to heaven to see my father just one more time.

You see, the greatest man I never knew is my dad, Edwin Buchholz.

If I could live my life over again -- differently this time -- I would never take for granted the love in my dad's blue eyes or his strength. I definitely would honor him more -- and not with a tie or a shirt.

Dad never had much to say, but he certainly had a lot on his mind. Raising four children wasn't easy and it certainly took all he had. Years of work had to wear him out. However, we never went without and we understand that now.

Dad's love was unconditional. Days went by turning into years and now those years are sweet memories forever etched in my mind. The man I thought would live forever has been gone almost three years.

Life changes in an instant. My advice to everyone would be to cherish your father, your grandfather. Spend time with him, take him fishing.

It's really about the simple things, not the latest electronic gadget.

Get their stories and take notes. Most likely, those men, like my dad, were part of the Greatest Generation. They fought for the freedom we have today.

Honor them.

Just spend time with them.

Heaven is too far away to visit.