Sunday, June 21, 2009

Salute to Two Fathers

Today I want to salute a couple of dads who are dear to my heart. First, my own father, Bill Johnson, who died at age 68 of lung cancer, on July 9, 1998. Dad was a marathon runner, owner of Bill Johnson’s Phidippides Sports in Jackson, Mississippi from 1982-1997. He was known as the “guru of running” in Mississippi. You can learn more about that part of his life here. I remember family vacations, following Dad around various golf courses, watching him compete in tournaments. It wasn’t the beach, but the swimming pools and golf cart rides weren’t so bad. This is a (poor) photograph of a watercolor of Dad running in the Mississippi Marathon one year.

Here’s two pics of me and Dad back in the 80s…

The second father I want to salute today is my son, Jason. Jason and his wife, See, are expecting their first child—Grace Mahlia—in about a month.

Here’s Jason assembling Grace’s crib in their apartment in Denver. I laughed when See sent me the pictures, imagining many more things that Jason will have to assemble in years to come. So today is Jason’s first Father’s Day! Next year maybe Grace will be calling him Daddy!

Happy Father’s Day, Jason!

I love and miss you, Dad.


ALG, Uninterrupted said...

Happy Father's Day Papaw and Jason! Wonderful pictures.

Cullan Crothers said...

Good article, Susan. Hope all is well. Hello from Cullan and Teresa Crothers. I remember everything really well from my Phidippides Sports days. Your father was a good boss. I still remember standing in your parents living room at Forest Point when I was hired and looking at all the inventory just waiting to go to the store. I then remember just as well standing in the store with Teresa in the store's last days of operation when everything was being sold off the floor. Then I remember setting up a small television set that I sold to your parents in their house at Jamaica Drive when your dad was very sick in mid 1998. Teresa and I run and bike by the old 602 Forest Point house all the time. We live near there and go through those roads a lot. A still remember the store's address like it was yesterday 1459 Jacksonian Plaza Jackson, MS. 39211. Teresa and I shopped there until it closed for good. It was the best. Take care.

Cullan Crothers