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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: THANKS POP
By Elisabeth Seiter
06/09/05


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RRRIIINNNGGG!!!!!! The alarm clock would go off every morning at 3:30am. My father would get up, get dressed, and make himself a cup of coffee. He would sit at the kitchen table with his hands folded, elbows resting on the table, and his forehead leaning on his hands as if in prayer.
He started out as a young man who followed his bride to be, to America. It was a chance for a dream to come true. To me he was one of the most important, courageous men I have ever known, not because he did anything extraordinary, but because he did the ordinary, without complaining, every day. He did it with love in his heart for his family. Pop didn’t have a college education, but he could sure add a column of figures faster than I could count to ten. When he started working as a milkman his route was with a horse and wagon. (Yes, it is true the horse knew which house to stop at.)
As a child I was sometimes embarrassed by his occupation, especially when other children told us their fathers were lawyers or accountants. My father was a little rough around the edges because he grew up on a farm
We didn’t have a lot of the things that some other children had, but we had a lot of love. He had a wisdom about him that was quietly expressed in those times we shared together. I’ll never forget the time we were sitting by the front door watching the rain. I tried to get him to entertain the thought that God could make a mistake. He would just say adamantly, “No that‘s impossible.” At the time I thought he was just being stubborn. Actually he was just making a point Pop had an unshakeable faith. He taught us to be honest and truthful. One of the lessons he taught us, was to never judge another person until you walked a mile in their shoes. I often think of that statement when I find myself criticizing someone else.
No….He was not a very important person to some people. He was a blue collar worker-- a milkman. For nearly 40 years his routine was the same. He was my Papa---the most important man in my life growing up.


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Joanne Malley06/13/05
What a special feeling to have such pride in your earthly father. It's evident you smile at the thought of yours...thanks for sharing your dad with us. :)
Carol Shaffron06/13/05
You paint a very good picture of a man of integrity and faithfulness motivated by love. Good writing.
vicki mccollum06/16/05
Wonderful tribute to a good man. Thanks for sharing him with us.
Shari Armstrong 06/18/05
A great tribute to a wonderful father! Thanks for sharing.