On Monday night, Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest at the depressingly young age of 66. He knew a bit about “the pain that will come,” having survived an attempt to burn his house down with his family in it. And though time, as it tends to do, relegated this rebel rock-n-roller–who famously defied his dad (by leaving for town at age 4) and his record label (by declaring bankruptcy to renegotiate his contract)–to the annals of Dad Rock, we’ve lately learned a bit about what he was like as a father.
His daughter AnnaKim Violette wrote that Petty was “an American icon, because his heart has always put human rights first. We are one. I love you dad, your songs are dreams manifested. We are all a mirror of divine love.” That sounds like a wonderful way to walk through life, and a lovely remembrance of the impact he made.
When you think about your legacy, how your children will remember when you’re gone, we can only hope they’ll feel compelled to share as many lovely memories as AnnaKim has. And if they remember such terrible news stories, like the mass shooting in Las Vegas that has been characterized as the deadliest in modern history, we hope they found in us the kind of safety and love she felt.
We all want our children to feel safe and loved, and although the former can be a pretty tough sale, the love is always easy.
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- Luigi Iuppa shares some of his favorite “Rules for My Daughters.”
- Watching his kids play, Andrew Knott ponders “The Power of Siblings.”
- Lessons from work help Chris Kilpatrick with fatherhood, in “Choosing Choices.”
- “Las Vegas Shooting, American Gun Culture, and Australia” is Adam Gertsacov trying to make sense of it all.
- In “Valuable Time,” Joe Medler stops to smell the flowers.
In light of the recent terrorism in Las Vegas, not to mention the natural disasters in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas, Mexico, South Asia and Africa, the news cycle is daunting, to say the least. As we mentioned in the open, it is a tough call on what and how much we share with our kids. Brian Gordon gets it:
The current state of parenting in four panels. Do you talk to your kids about the news?
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