REMEMBERING DAD - Part One
Back in the late 90s, my dad started to become a big hockey fan because my brother and I started playing the sport at a young age. I remember that he tried to ice skate with us once, but he quickly found that ice is pretty slippery and falling on it can really hurt! Since his skating attempts did not go so well, he decided to help our hockey teams in other ways. When my brother and I were in high school, his idea of relaxing between Christmas and New Years was to run Gonzaga High School's annual Purple Puck hockey tournament, which required 12 hour days for almost a week. Previously, he had also managed several of my travel hockey teams while working a demanding schedule at the White House.
|Walter Scheib and his oldest son Walter|
I want to conclude with another small anecdote: sometimes while driving around with my dad when I was younger, a Red Hot Chili Peppers song called Can't Stop would come on the radio occasionally, and despite not really liking the band, my dad would always try to get me pumped up for the the last line of the song, which is "this life is more than just a read through". I found it a little silly at the time, but now I realize that's how Dad lived his life—always giving everything he had and taking no shortcuts. So, on behalf of my dad, I would encourage everyone to remember that you only have one life to live and not to forget that this life is more that just a read through. Find what you love to do, and dedicate yourself to being the very best you can be at it.
God bless Dad and thank you for reading this. ~Walter Scheib