So I’m super blessed to have both my mom & dad in my life. But I have to admit prior to moving back to NYC I hardly ever spoke to my dad. I spend way more time with him now than I ever did when I was growing up. I didn’t believe I would ever really have a good relationship with my dad but I was wrong (thank goodness).
Now it’s not so much the conversations I have with my dad as his sayings. I know he’s in a good mood when he says, “Whatsdoing?” I had never heard this saying before and other than the outrageous grammar error I thought it was just something he made up. Then I met a woman around my dad’s age and she asked me the same thing. Clearly it’s a generational thing. It makes me think of how the young men in the neighborhood call my dad “Old Skool”.
In my time with my dad I’ve learned that he’s come quite far for a man who’s stayed in the same neighborhood for over 50 years. In my time in NYC he’s provided me a safe haven batting away all my concerns with a single phrase – “I gotcha.”