Tuesday, March 07, 2006

ABC Along

I seem to have fallen dreadfully behind in the ABC Along so I hope to make up for it this week.

First up is D:

D is for Daddy

An obvious choice it’s true but my Dad had so much to do with the person that I am it’s the only one to make. While my relationship with my mother could be quite contentious. My relationship with my Dad was the brightest thing in my life. I don’t know how well I would have met life’s challenges without the tools he gave me. He taught me most of all to think for myself. Even if that meant I disagreed with him. I just had to be able to argue my point well.

My Dad was born blind. His Mom had German Measles when she was pregnant. He did regain some sight around the age of three. He was quite mischevious from what I’ve heard. He and his brother would play rescue mission and tie their poor cat in a basket and pull it up through the window to the second floor of their house. Cat crying all the way.

He made it to college but when he lost his sight for good in his third year he had to quit because his grades dropped and he lost his scholarship. He wanted to be teacher and it was a great loss that he wasn’t. I and many of my friends benefited a great deal from his patience when he helped with our school work. He had a gift for making things clearer.

He became an audio engineer later in life (he ran a newsstand when I was born and worked in photo processing after that). It was something he truly loved. He and my mother were married for 15 years. After their divorce he married a woman named Diane, who was also an audio engineer. She is very warm and kind and I love her very much. My Dad had 15 years with Diane before his death from lung cancer at age 63, six years ago. My mother thought that very fair.

I miss him every day…

Edited later- I accidently deleted my template this morning. I have a backup of it but it's at home on the laptop. Consider the site to be under construction for today.


dkmca2003 said...

This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your memories of your wonderful dad.