Willie & Joe

People sometimes find this hard to believe, but I have a hard time expressing myself.  I can write well enough, and if you want a quip, a wisecrack, or a smart remark, well, I can give you those a little too easily.  But when it comes to saying what I feel, especially about another person, face to face, the words don't come out.  Or they do but no one can understand them for the sobs and tears that accompany them.

I don't know why this is, but I've had this problem as long as I can remember.  Saying what I mean, emotionally, is difficult to the point of handicap for me.

And then it's Christmas or a birthday or Father's Day and I can't get the words out and I won't write them down.  So I do what any good 'Merican does: I buy things.  I look for presents that the people in my life would really like but probably have no idea exist; I look for things that will make them happy if only for a few minutes.  I look for things with meaning, either to myself or to them, perferably to both of us.  I look for things that express the consideration and regard I have for them and which I seem to be unable to say.

This Father's Day, I got my dad, who's a veteran, a collection of comics put out by the wonderful Fantagraphics Press.  The collection is a two volume edition of all the Willy & Joe comics published in newspapers during World War II, by Bill Mauldin.

Dad loved it.  And I hope he understands that by giving it to him, I really mean that I love him too.

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