Sunday, June 18, 2006

Dad

   My own father died accidentally when I was less than a year old, and Grandfather came to be known by me as "Dad". 

   He was very patient, having already raised my own father and my uncle, and I don't remember any swats by him, nor any serious rebukes. Yet he was a good example.

   He worked hard, five and half day per week at the office as an attorney for a title insurance company.  I used to walk with him when he walked the dogs.  By sitting on his lap while he read the Saturday Evening Post and pointed out words in advertisements I learned to read.  The first word I learned to read was not "run", or "spot" or "Dick" or "Jane" but GOODYEAR. The kids in the Campbell's Soup ads were my Dick and Jane.

   He rode the "Big Red" street car to work with such regularity that he became a favorite of the crew, and they would drop him off at our driveway, not a scheduled stop, on rainy days. 

   When he retired from the title company, he opened an Escrow service of his own.  I was hired to prepare the office and I went on my bicycle before school each morning and swept the office and emptied the waste baskets. 

   He ordered my first movie camera and started me on a hobby that I have loved all my life.  When I got a Jiffy Kodak for my first still camera, one of the first pictures I took was of Dad

My father, whom I never got to know, and my Mother, 1923

                                  

                            My Great Grandfather

Sorry, no pictures of "Dad" whom I wrote about above.

 

6 comments:

garnett109 said...

Have A great Father's Day!

bamawmn46 said...

Happy Father's Day, Chuck!!  Thanks for sharing this with us!
Jackie

jckfrstross said...

Happy Fathers Day:)


Deb

tendernoggle said...

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!
Loved the photo's...You had a very beautiful mother and your dad looked like a great guy! (Looks like she had a little pekingneese pup!)
Carlene

onemoretina said...

    Your 'Dad' sounds like he was a wonderful person.  I'm glad that he was there for you, when you lost your father.  This is a lovely tribute to the man.   Tina http://journals.aol.com/onemoretina/Ridealongwithme

mavarin said...

So cool - the reminiscence and the photos both! -Karen