Those are the memories his father yearned to create while he was locked up.
“Taking a swim, lay in the sun, oh so many things, eat at Jack’s Hamburgers,” the father said.
Every moment, even the little ones, are milestones.
For years, 43-year-old Rick dreamed of cooking his father breakfast like he did Wednesday morning with heaping platters of eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits. He burst into tears just watching his dad eat a bagel and drink a bottle of water that didn’t come from the prison commissary.
But it’s bittersweet thinking about the lost time, the waste.
“It’s just kind of like torment on your soul for 31 years,” he said. “I was kind of robbed of my whole life so I just appreciate that I can witness it, but on the other hand I feel like isn’t somebody responsible? Is there somebody that can answer to this?”
Rick DeLisi said his family fell apart after his father’s sentence. His mother never recovered. His brother overdosed and died, his sister was in a terrible car accident. Rick fled at the country at 17 to get away from the pain.
“I can’t believe they did this to my father. I can’t believe they did this to my family,” the grieving son said, describing the reunion like opening up an old, painful wound.