Monday, July 6, 2015

REMEMBERING DAD - Part Two

Walter Scheib and his youngest son, James Prince
Walter Scheib and James Prince
Growing up with dad, there were a ton of great memories and fun traditions that my wife and I look forward to passing on to our kids someday.  Such as making blueberry pancakes together on Saturdays, going fishing and kayaking, backyard football, watching sports, and countless weekends of him shuttling me to hockey games.  I also hope to pass on his sense of humor, ability to engage people and how he could always light up a room.  Additionally, his toughness and drive are two major characteristics that I hope to have in my life and instill in my family.

Just one of the many times I saw dad embody these traits, was when he was on Iron Chef.  The secret ingredient was dungeness crab, and as he was carrying them over to his station, one of the crabs badly cut his fingers.  There was so much blood that the show's producer told him if it didn't stop quickly, they would have to stop the cameras and cancel the show.  Having prepared for weeks, traveled with his team and my mom to NYC, and eager to build his brand, he saw the deep fryer and put his hand quickly in the boiling oil.  The cuts were sealed and he continued on to win against Cat Cora, 55-49.  Only two other Iron Chefs received a higher score in that 24-episode season.


As I graduated from college, got a job, and got married over the past year, it was a pretty busy time, but my dad and I still would always keep in good contact with each other, talking a couple times a week on the phone and getting together whenever he was in town.  He even treated my beautiful wife and I to an all-expenses paid honeymoon in Cancun after we got married last Fall.  We last saw each other when he was in DC shortly before his birthday in early May.  We went out to dinner, I wished him a happy birthday, and he made a toast telling me just how proud he was of my new job and for the life I've made myself with my wife.

New Mexico Sky After Dad's Passing
If you take a moment to look at this photo of the sky, you'll see a cloud formation that resembles a cross.  We saw that in the moments after the search team told us the news that they had found my dad's body.  I take it as a sign that he was called home, to his Heavenly Father, on Father's Day.  Dad, I know you're up there, watching over us.  Thank you for everything, thanks for being my dad, and I love you.

~James

3 Comments:

At July 9, 2015 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Steph_Iowa said...

Thank you for sharing this special message and photo with your Dad's fans. I know your dad is so proud! Best of luck in all that you do. You have many people praying for you and your family.

 
At July 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Jim,
I pray you and Walter are doing well.
I think of you two daily.
i love the pic of your Chicken Parm beach dinner you made that evening.
Your Dad is loved and missed everyday and I have been in contact with Paul, he looks forward to reconnecting with you boys
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make that connection happen
My prayers and daily thoughts with you all.

All my best,
Elizabeth

 
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