Easy Company, HBO, and Dad

11 Nov

On this day most Americans remember veterans and other military personnel who served our country. Most people pause and give thought to the sacrifices given by these brave people. However today I found myself thinking about my dad.

He wasn’t in the military at all, but he really enjoyed the Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg mini-series  and movies that chronicled the World Wars. He especially appreciated the realistic story telling and drama of The Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Every year since HBO aired these mini-series one of the cable stations usually hosts a Veteran’s Day marathon and it’s a day-long watching event. I wasn’t able to watch the endless hours of intense drama today, but I caught a couple of episodes, and all I could think about was my dad.

Image via HBO

Now even though he’d seen the series air on HBO when it premiered, he probably would have recorded the episodes and then watched them after dinner. He’d brew up a pot of coffee, pour himself a cup, throw some pillows around and try to do his best to fix up the couch in preparation for his marathon. He so wished he had a Lazy-Boy.

My dad would call me to let me know of his plans and see if I wanted to stop by, and most of the time I would. We’d hang out … him with his coffee, me with my tea or chocolate, and hours of HBO drama. Not too many conversations during the show, just hanging out, watching the based-on-true-story accounts of soldiers. Just someone to watch television with and share a comfort zone of silence. The talking didn’t really begin until after the episodes finished, sort of a book club discussion, but without the books. Just HBO television with my friend.

So today as everyone remembered loved ones in the military or armed forces heroes from the past, I found myself rearranging the couch pillows, wishing I had a Lazy-Boy, and lying down watching Easy Company do its best to physically and emotionally survive the war. I thought about my dad and wished he was sharing the comfortable silence with me.

12 Responses to “Easy Company, HBO, and Dad”

  1. adinparadise November 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM #

    Lovely memories, TG.

  2. island traveler November 12, 2012 at 3:18 AM #

    In a way, he was there with you in mind and heart as you remembered him and the times you shared together. times that created a bond that last beyond this lifetime. You are a loving daughter who took the time to be with him, watching movies, listening. just being there. inspiring my friend. Thanks.

    • The Guat November 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM #

      Thanks 🙂 I often remember him during random days, especially when I see something that triggers it. I do miss him. It’s been two years, a long two years and everyday there’s something that crosses my mind and I often wonder what he would say especially during TV time.

  3. Andrea Kelly November 12, 2012 at 3:51 AM #

    What great memories to carry with you. I agree with Island Traveler, it sounds like you had a very special bond, and I’m sure he was there with you in spirit!

    • The Guat November 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM #

      Yeah we were pretty close. He’s a good dad and a cool friend. He is missed every day, especially when I have a side joke that nobody would get but him. I miss his laughter and sense of humor too.

  4. TBM November 12, 2012 at 5:42 AM #

    What a touching memory and tribute.

    • The Guat November 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM #

      Thanks. I’m glad that I can talk about him and others can see what I see.

  5. susielindau November 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM #

    Love this Guat! Such fond memories!

    • The Guat November 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM #

      Thanks. He as a good dad and a good friend that I think about on a daily basis. HBO often brings back a lot of memories.

      • L.S. September 6, 2014 at 7:22 AM #

        Beautiful. Just read a bunch of your Dad Chronicles. I felt so moved reading all of them. It made me want to go visit my dad. It made me wish I had that type of a relationship with my dad. My dad is awesome. We laugh together a lot. He is my hero, he is my cheerleader. But I don’t have the kind of friendship you shared with your dad. How lucky that you shared so much with him. You have a lifetime of memories.

        • The Guat September 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM #

          Thanks for stopping by girl. Glad you enjoyed the stories. It always makes me feel good when other people read my stories and can picture pops and I hanging out. They can see how much I loved him and how much I miss our friendship. I was lucky that way I guess. We were good friends. Thanks for you kind words. Hope you’re doing well.

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