Friday, July 29, 2011

SO, THAT'S THAT! Continued...

A coat is just a coat, until it saves your life. Luckily for my dad, his warm personality could charm anyone, including the engineer. The chicken story was told to me when he was 98 - the description of that meal was delicious, it was like he was tasting it all over again.

Friday, July 22, 2011

 The Great Depression taught my dad a few things - mostly how to survive with very little. He loved to tell stories of his hobo days which, to him, was an adventure - if you made it out alive! They used to call it the "the jungle" for a reason... I believe the experience made my dad a stronger person - it certainly toughened him up for real life!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My dad's life was filled with the usual mix of tragedy and comedy. As a wise guy once said "All humour is based on grievance" and is a mechanism that helps us cope with life. Sometimes when my dad told me a funny story, he would burst into laughter and not be able to finish the story. I would then laugh at his laughter and we'd both crack up!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

When my dad told me this story I thought it was horrifying, but it made a lasting impression on me - something you never forget. For him as a young boy, I just can't imagine. There is a movie on the subject by Dalton Trumbo called Johnny Got His Gun which is quite difficult to watch, but well worth taking a look at.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Institutions of any kind, including educational ones, never agreed with my dad, and he never agreed with them.