Seventy four years ago today the world changed. It really did. You may not know the significance, so I'll explain. When I first explain, you may think I'm exaggerating, but I plan to spend the next year explaining how the world changed for the better for all of us.
On this day in December in 1938, a little baby was born at home to the beautiful young Lorena Butler Murphy. He was named Donald Clarence Murphy. He would do great things, but they didn't know that then. They just knew he was a blessing and he was precious and he was healthy.
Last spring when I wrote about my amazing mother, I made a promise (mostly to myself) that I would write about my father and I would do it while he was here to read it. I intend to make good on that promise.
I've been thinking for a while about how I'd like to tell you about little Donnie who grew up to be Donald C. Murphy, Ph.D. I've been wondering about the best format, the clearest way to tell you about him. I think I've got my plan.
I have a lot to say, to write and to remember about this man. It's hard to sum him up without some time. I intend to give it just that. I've decided that I'll spread out my memories and stories about him over this next year, on the blog, in a segment called The Wednesday Pop - Wednesdays because that's the day and Pop because it's his grandfather name and because it sounds really cool.
Prepare to be moved. Prepare to learn and to listen and to join me as I recount just some of why I am so fortunate. I cannot imagine how the stars aligned and Jodi and I got picked to be Dad's daughters, but I thank God every single day. It has been a journey that continues now. The rest of you seem to be making it, but I'm not sure how you're doing without a Dad like mine.
I have many things to tell you, so it will take some time. I'll tell you things he taught me about people, God, the world and feelings. I'll tell you about my memories of growing up with a Dad like Dad. I'll tell you about quiet times and times full of laughter. I'll tell you touching things that you won't believe. As a parent, sometimes I look back on my father during my childhood and use it as a guidebook and other times I look back and just feel amazed. My childhood wasn't perfect. I won't say that. No one's is, and that would be a dishonest waste of time. My childhood was real and wonderful and hard and exciting and frustrating and scary and loving, just like most. But I went through it with someone I want you to know better and I can't wait to tell the stories.
I hope you'll enjoy them with me. I hope you'll think back on your own memories, remember the dear ones who make your journey worthwhile. I'll love this romp through the past and this closer look at the present. I hope you will, too.
I love you, Dad.