My blog today is a piece I wrote about my father in 1986. I read it to him and gave him a copy shortly before he died and then read it at his funeral. I have decided to publish it after all these years and much encouragement. I have now written a 12 page commentary on each “thought point” in preparing for publication. Your thoughts and comments are sincerely solicited.
My Father—A Life Unique
It’s as if he were woven— as fabric from the community in which he was reared.
Only the choicest threads were used, each one carefully selected
and used with extreme skill
Through the lean — hard years — the material was tested and proved
Strong — Resillient— Honest.
His fortune grew with time and great effort, but was exceeded by his humanity
His education was limited, but his knowledge was great—-and soon recognized.
For all he had received –He gave!
To his Wife— Love – Honor – Respect
To his Children — Lessons – Opportunities – Discipline
To his Relatives — Generosity – Tolerance – History
He did not wait for life to give him shape
Rather — the strength and quality of the fabric shaped his life.
It allowed him to see the needs of his community — Honest Service
It caused him to perform with — Integrity
It guided him among us in dealings — that when finished- there was
never cause for him to lower his gaze or apology make.
We may not know the Weaver — Nor truly comprehend the process
That placed him with us — Exposed us to him.
Though we know we are richer from the acquaintance —
in our deepest thoughts we still ask– Who was this man– really?
The answers are as numerous as the fibers– interwoven in our experiences with him.
But one – comforting — fulfilling — sustaining — awareness remains
This Man Was My Father—I hope he was and is Yours!!