Geez … so much.
My Dad is gone, but he could do anything up to the last few days of his life. He could do anything he set his mind to and he taught us the same thing. He won awards in farming, fishing, carpentry, and welding… and he could not read or write. He believed that you always had options. You should cut grass, build a barn, dig a ditch, shovel a barn, etc before taking a hand out from anyone.
1) Hard work, 2) Make a stand for something – even if you are wrong, 3) no matter how poor you are or how old your clothes are, there is no excuse for a dirty body or dirty clothes 4) There is no excuse for being unemployed – there is always a ditch that needs to be dug, and while you are out digging ditches you are making friends to find a better job. 5) Take pride in everything you do 6) Work for a dollar like your boss is paying you two dollars 7) Do not take loans, you make yourself a slave to the bank 8) He was my first dance partner. He could really dance!
He was a very hard man who made a few enemys, but even his enemys came to his funeral and admitted he was a great man who never backed down and who worked hard all of his life. I look back on it now and I remember wishing my Dad was easier to get a long with. It would have made my life as a child easier, but as a grown-up, I see where “just being one of the crowd” is not for me either. LOL My poor children!!! LOL
You either liked him or you didn’t. But, there was no one who didn’t respect him. 🙂
And he taught me to put peanuts in my coke!!!! 🙂 One of my favorite memories!
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