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  •  What a gorgeous tribute (1+ / 0-)
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    Melody Townsel

    And I love your typo:

    12-stop program

    I need a stop program! Have been in a lot of the step ones.

    Anyway, your diary really touches me, brought tears to my eyes. My own father died the day after Father's Day in 1997. My father too grew up dirt poor in Chicago. He'd moved to Arkansas when he married my Mom, and he too pushed me to be educated.

    When I was in 9th grade, all the girls took Home Economics and the boys took General Science. Dad forced the principal to put me in the science class. I was the first girl, along with a friend of mine whose mother pushed for her, to ever take that science class.

    And I lived with a dear friend the last 4 months of her lung cancer ordeal so she wouldn't be alone. She refused to go to the hospital because she wanted her few assets to go to her children, not for hospital bills.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tales about your wonderful father. Just what I needed to read today.

    My father used to say "When I pass out of the picture . . ." but it never seemed real to me that he ever would. When he died, I kept expecting him to walk in the door, or expected to see him at a stoplight or something. It can be hard going at times.

    Now, when I think of him, the love I still have in my heart for him fills his memory more than the sadness, and I understand that because of that, he will always be in the picture.

    "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

    by MillieNeon on Sun Jun 27, 2010 at 07:00:37 AM PDT

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