Today, October 3, 2016 marks the Twentieth Anniversary of my father’s passing.
Daddy wasn’t perfect but despite many unforeseen circumstances and in spite of his being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease just before I was born, my father never complained about his progressing and incurable disability. Indeed, in many ways I believe it made him stronger.
As a child and young teenager, my father taught me about movies, baseball, carpentry and cars. He taught me how to fry bacon and eggs, how to throw a baseball & hit one out of the park. He watched closely while he instructed me in changing out electrical outlets, the proper use his power tools as well as how to miter wood & swing a hammer. By the mid-late 1960’s I knew how to do all the ‘male-dominated’ chores around the house including cutting the grass. And~ until this day, I can tell you the make and model year of any car built between 1930 – 1985!
Daddy got me my first Transistor Radio and bought me my first car. He took me to the Circus & the Zoo and somewhere along the way, he managed to explain to me how things were for him during his service in the US Army Air Corps during WWII and teach me what it is to be an American, & how lucky we are to have been born here.
Through the years, the lessons I learned from my father gave me the courage to eventually serve in the military as well and to courageously stand up for myself against all of life’s challenges as well as any adversity I faced or would eventually face as I grew older.
So today, October 3, 2016, I thank you, Daddy~ for my life & for all the wonderful things you taught me during your lifetime. As always, all my love~ the Mooch!
Donald W. Flint~ Jan 27, 1923 to Oct 3, 1996