By Jim Higley
An inspirational account of 1 dad's outstanding trip via melanoma, fatherhood, and several other forgotten existence lessons--and the invention of 1 life-changing gift
Jim Higley was once a forty-year-old bobblehead. similar to these figurines with outsized, bouncy heads, he'd put on a smiling face and bobble via his annoying, overflowing days.
Higley's bobbling got here to a screeching halt with the prognosis of melanoma, surgical procedure, and a summer season of therapeutic. greater than a melanoma tale, despite the fact that, Bobblehead Dad places you in a entrance row seat because the writer discovers the illuminating parallels among occasions in his formative years and his maturity. Higley, whose weekly fatherhood column seems within the Chicago Tribune's TribLocal, unwraps poignant classes from his kin historical past with wealthy, vibrant element. His tale reveals that means in basic moments and the folk who fill them--including the shock discovery of his most vital lesson, which have been quietly anticipating over thirty years.
Written in a casual yet eloquent kind, Bobblehead Dad keeps you giggling, crying and--most importantly--thinking. Higley's certain storytelling rhythm, mixed with a knack for dealing with heavy themes with an embraceable voice, quick attracts you into his experiences--while launching you by yourself trip of self-discovery and mirrored image.
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An inspirational account of 1 dad's awesome trip via melanoma, fatherhood, and several other forgotten lifestyles lessons--and the invention of 1 life-changing reward Jim Higley used to be a forty-year-old bobblehead. similar to these figurines with outsized, bouncy heads, he'd wear a smiling face and bobble via his demanding, overflowing days.
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A great winter trip to California—and Disneyland—with my folks. My mom died two months later. Chapter 4 I’m Sorry, What Did You Say? THE SUN WASN’T shining when my mom died, so it must have been nighttime. My brothers and I were together in the hospital waiting room when my dad told us she was gone. We were never a family of huggers. But we learned how to hug that night. That was also the first time I saw my father cry. He was speechless—and could only focus on the logistics of getting his five boys home safely.
So they stop talking and, eventually, just grunt or nod. That’s how we became a bobblehead dad and his three nodding children. When I reached the age of forty-four, however, my bobbling came to a screeching halt. It was much like the day—as a child—I accidentally stretched Mickey Mantle’s head a little too far and snapped the spring. When my own bobbling world snapped, I found myself with an entire summer at home removed from all of life’s obligations. How does a middle-aged guy manage to land an entire summer off?
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Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew by Jim Higley