He was a character, my dad; he had a very dry sense of humor and loved to tease. Often I couldn’t tell if he was teasing until my mom started to giggle, then I knew I’d been had. He had funny sayings like: “a fartin’ horse never tires and a fartin’ man is the man to hire”.
He walked all over, (never drove a car) and often down the back allies. He said you could tell a lot about people from their back yards and their shoes. He taught me to polish mine (back when shoes were all made of leather).
He almost always had his sleeves rolled up, kind of a gird up your loins kind of thing(meaning: be ready to work). He worked his whole life from the time he was done school at age 13 till he was 79. Maybe he is why I want it engraved on my grave stone “work is a good thing. ”
The thing I liked best about him was that he loved me. I never heard him ever say that out loud but I knew beyond any doubt. A lot of things can influence little girls but nothing is as powerful as her Dad’s love for her. Mothers are just expected to love you but Dads are different somehow. It does a lot for a little girl’s self esteem when she know her dad loves her.
So here’s to all the dads out there, may you love your daughters as much as mine did me. You may never realize how much it will mean to them.