FATHER’S DAYThe photo is of my brother August (Augie) and my dad William (Willie) they are together in the photo and are together again, my brother passed in 2003 at the age of 57, he was also a wonderful dad.
There are many ways we remember our fathers. My dad was a quiet man who along with my mom raised six children, five girls, and one boy. My oldest sister born in 1939 my youngest sister in 1958. Life was not easy for my parents, yet they managed to keep a roof over our heads, food on the table and made sure we all attended school. My dad was a truck driver, my mom a homemaker. I used to think she didn’t work, boy was I wrong. What we did have an abundance of in our home were love and guidance. My parents were not educated beyond the eighth or ninth grade but had many talents. Daddy could fix or build anything from painting to building a house and my mom who was of Italian decent (Neopolitan) was a great cook and baker.
Today, however, we are celebrating Father’s Day and although my dad passed at a relatively young age (67) he left a legacy of love, respect, honesty, joy, loyalty, unity, and fun. I have dedicated the following for him on this special day and know that he is smiling down upon us all. Happy Father’s Day daddy, you may not be here but will never be forgotten. We will always remember.
DAD By: Patricia Kruck-Salamone
A quiet man but very wise, hair like silver and gray-blue eyes.
His stature small but very strong, he taught us all right from wrong.
He labored hard throughout the years, this quiet man shed so few tears.
Through all the hard times he stood tall, working and teaching and loving us all.
He taught us to hold our heads up high and do our very best, to think for ourselves not follow the rest.
He never complained that his life was tough, he never complained about not having enough.
He made me feel safe and happy and free, he made me feel I’d be all I could be.
If I could just see him one more time, I’d say “Dad you did great we all turned out fine.”
With much love from your third daughter Patti. xoxo