The Father I Didn’t Have

by Bonnie Rogers

My father died when I was 7, in 1969, and (to me anyway) Gregory Peck looked just like him. Every movie that he made, I saw at least once. Somehow it made me feel closer to my dad. Naturally, Atticus was my favorite character. I so wanted to be Scout, even as an adult. Just to sit next to him on the porch swing with his arm around me, offering such sage advice … while I fondled┬áhis pocket watch, wondering at life’s mysteries and the passage of time.