But I simply will persevere with humor!
As a young person trying to find adulthood, I was greatly influenced by the man who took care of our family — eight children and Mother — and who had a quick, stalwart and calm smile no matter the circumstances in which he found himself. That would be my Dad, whom we lost in 2011. (Mother passed in 2015.)
My Mother had many challenges in raising eight children, six of whom were younger than I. From her, I learned perseverance and an appreciation for poetry and writing.
What did Dad offer his eight children? He was there, so he showed steadiness. He loved us unconditionally, and bragged that he had one of everything — a musician, a singer, a writer of fiction, a journalist, a mechanic, a farmer, an engineer, and a devoted house-wife.
But it was his sense of humor, and his constant suggestion, through dialogue and example, that it’s a good idea to possess humor in one’s makeup. Humor, he insisted, was the main ingredient that will get one through life’s bumps — which would be many — without too many sustained bruises. Although he also demonstrated that faith was important, he chose to mainly pass along to us the ingredient of humor.
Was he ever right! Thanks, Dad!
Here’s a cup to you, with heart-felt acknowledgement and good humor!
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