Thoughts from a father

These aren’t my words… they’re from Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, as he buried his 18-year-old son James, who committed suicide just before Christmas…

“I know if you’re 13 or 14 or 15 or 16, maybe your parents are starting to seem a little old fashioned with some of the things they’re saying. They won’t always let you do the things you want to do. But just know, kids, that when that happens, they still love you, they still care about you very much. And those old-fashioned things will start to make sense pretty soon. As he got a little older, like all teenagers, he was searching for who that person was inside of him. Who he was going to be. … And like most of us, I think he went through a time as a teenager that he wasn’t sure his parents always had the best advice. He wasn’t sure that we always had his best interest at heart. My daughter Tiara [age 21] said it best the other day. She said: `I just wish he could have made it until he was 20. Because when you’re 17 or 18, sometimes the things you guys say to us don’t always make sense. … When I got to 20, they started making sense again.'”

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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