Friday, March 15, 2013

"The...Lucky...One"...That...was my Dad...

 
Yes...He...Was...
The Lucky...One....
He never knew...which road...he was choosin'...
and...to him...the next best thing...to
 Playin'...and
 Winnin'...
was...
Playin'...
and Losin'...
Yes...he was...a Free Spirit...
Loved...Life....
He was...Loved...by...Everyone...
Never knew...a Stranger....
Rich...or Poor...
He...looked at The World...
with a Smilin'...Irish....Eye...
and...
was...
Fearless...
Taught himself...how to Fly...in the '40's...
would take the air...out of one of the Old...Junk...Cars...
tires...
he was Scrappin'....
put'er...on the Railroad...tracks....throw 'er in Drive...
and
Go...
When he was 17...and the Family Farm...was going to be Foreclosed...on...
He tracked down...his...estranged...Father...
in Denver...
Who...worked for the Railroad...during the Depression... and...had..money....
Hoping...he would help...his...Parents...
{Dad's Grandparents...}
{who...had raised..all three..of his Boys...they were Toddlers...when he walked away...}
When he visited...with his...Father...
they had..issues...
Huge...issues...
{Him...leaving....his Grandparents...with No...Help...}
His Father...said...Dad...was Unbalanced...
for...all of the Arguing...and Demanding...
so...
before..he would give him...money...
he wanted Dad... to see a...
 Psychiatrist...
in Denver...
Dad...obliged....
The Doctor...studied Dad...
for a bit....
then...asked...him...
"Who....won the World...Series?"...
Dad...didn't know...
He then..asked...
"Marion...who...is... Running...for Office?...."
Dad...didn't know that...either...
The Doctor...said...
"Marion...seems...you are a bit...'Lacking'..."
{I can...see...about this time....Dad...Calmly...Nodding his head....
I've seen him do it...just before...he lays it on...and...hits the Jugular...}
Then...said...to the Doctor...
"Sir...How long...does a Hen...have to set..on her eggs...before...they Hatch?...."
The Doctor...didn't know....
Dad...then asked...
"Sir...do you know...how long...after a Cow...is Bred...she'll Calf?"
The Doctor...didn't...have an answer...for that...either...
Dad...said...respectfully....
{he...was always...respectful....calm...{well...most...always...: ) }
"Sir... You...know...your 'World'...and...I know...mine..."
That....is the Kind...of Man...{he was 17...at the time...}
 I was Sooo....Blessed to have known...for such...a short...time...
His Dad...refused to send...money home....and...the Farm...in Derby, Iowa...was lost...
The Farm...where...my Dad...and his Brothers...were Born....
Tho...Dad...never shared this story...with me...
{he was always...Positive...relatives...did...after Dad..passed away...}
He Never....spoke to his Father...again...
nor...would he attend...his Funeral....
{That...speaks...Volumes...
Dad...Loved...Everyone...
and...always....Paid...his Last...Respects...}
Dad...worked on a Dairy... to earn money...to get Home...to Iowa...
and...also...Boxed....for money....
in Denver...
He...was the hardest...working Man...I have Ever...known...
He worked...Every Day...but Sundays...
'til the day...he died...
He drove Truck...Cut...Iron....
Farmed...
Worked...in the Scorching Sun...and...the Bitter...Cold...
I remember...him...heating water...to boil...to place...under the Oil Pans...of the Old Trucks...to get them Started....
He shoveled...Coal....when he was in his late...60's...to make a few dollars...
then...he would give...money...away...to help...those...who had less...
He lived...on 186.00 a month...
plus...the few dollars..he'd make...Scrapping...Iron....
Did I say...'He'...was The Lucky...One...
oh my...
I was...mistaken...
That...would be...me...
Love to ya...
and...Happy....100th...Birthday...Dad...
I'll be Seein'...You...
: )
 
 

Dad...Loved...his Old...Trucks....Rescued...many...from 'The Bone Yard'...
Yep...
a Good...Used...Battery... a Little Gas...{and...hours...cleaning...and resetting...the used...Spark Plugs...}...
a Little...Wire...
He'd Bring 'em...back...to Life!
and...it seemed...They...Loved him...for that...
He had...some...Most...Faithful...Old....Trucks...
My...Best...Friend...
Growing...Up...
There are Those...who will say...and have....
round...and about....
Dad...wasn't..the best...provider...
and...He didn't attend...family....gatherings...
and...he wasn't...'dependable'....
{Yes...Where ever...he was at...that's...where...he'd...be...
That...was...Dad...: ) }
I...suppose...to some...who never...really...knew him...that would be true...
Sorry...for them....
and...
They...had...better...
Never...Ever...
say it...
to me...
: )
Bless...their...Hearts...: )


2 comments:

a nutt said...

Barbara, this explains so much of how you became you! Again I'm reminded of what a blessing you are in my life! Happy Birthday to a very special Dad.

simplyiowa said...

Thanks....Sweet Pea....
I would...so...Love...to see...his Smiling...Face...today...and be able...to give him...a Big...Happy 100th Birthday...Hug....
but... Dad...went away...'Living the Dream'... Working...at..what He Loved....until...he died...
Surounded...by his Old...Tractors...and Trucks...
His...Beloved...Iron...: )
at...100...he would not...I suppose...
Tho...I always thought...Nothing...not...even...'Time'...could take...him down...
Now...as I...am almost the age...he was...when...I was born...I see...He...was a 'Man'... and...time...takes it's toll... I am...so...Happy...he went out...'His...Way'...the way...he lived...his life...a...'Free...Spirit'...
Love...to ya...
my...Sweet...Friend...