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Today is my Daddy’s birthday and I’m missing him.  He was born on February 17, 1905…the youngest of seven children.  His father and grandfather before him were farmers in the rich farmland of the Mississippi Delta.  With a legacy bestowed by their Scottish immigrant ancestors, they had strong work ethics, Christian values and believed in the strength of family.

I never heard my Daddy raise his voice in anger or utter a curse word in my entire life.  He was a strong but gentle man.  As the father of four daughters, he was mellow and laid-back – I suppose he had to be.  With a quick and ready smile, he had a good sense of humor.  As children, my niece Sharon and I would get to laughing at the supper table and could easily get him to laugh.  On more than a few occasions, we were sent from the table until we regained our composure.

He and Mama spent a lifetime together.  After a severe stroke claimed her speech and altered her personality, he was kind and patient with her.  In the last few months of his life, one of his favorite country songs that he would listen to often was “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You” by the Statler Brothers.  He loved her and us, his four daughters, with all his heart.  He also loved his grandchildren.  I just wish that he could have lived long enough to meet my grandchildren.  My oldest grandson has my Daddy’s olive complexion,  dark brown eyes and very dark brown hair.  My Dad was the only grandparent or great-grandparent with those features, and I love the fact that my grandson inherited them.

Daddy was an “old-time” Democrat, which my son says today would, most likely, be the Libertarian party.  He believed in searching for the candidate who would be the strongest leader…the one with the most integrity and character.  He was also not fond of “big government”.  I’ve wondered what he would have to say about the November election and which candidate he would choose.    I think I have an idea.

I’m truly thankful for the legacy that my parents left my sisters and me…

2 Responses to Legacy…

  • Christine says:

    What a moving tribute to your father. He sounds like he was the kind of person who probably made an impression on everyone by his actions even more than his words. You were lucky to have such a Dad. And I love that one of your grandsons looks so much like him!

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