Happy Birthday, Dad!

Picture of my Dad and Mom, circa 1920's
Dad & Mom, Circa 1920's

My Dad was born on April 2,1902. That was one hundred ten years ago. Lots of things have happened since then.

During his life, my Dad witnessed World War I, the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, World War II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War, and the evolution of automobiles from the T-Model Ford to the modern car. He witnessed the taming of the Mississippi River, the construction of the Memphis-Arkansas Mississippi River Bridges (old and new), and the construction of dams and reservoirs that generated electric power for rural America.

Agriculture went from subsistence farming in the early twentieth century to the modern mechanized farming we see in the Mississippi Delta, today. He was around to appreciate the early days of radio, and saw the proliferation of television sets to the point that there were at least two TV’s in each house.

Computers were invented during his lifetime, although he never understood their impact on his life.

He witnessed medical miracles, but could never find anybody to cure the deafness in his left ear.

Men and women of that generation made America what it was, not what it is becoming. My Dad would be appalled to see what our leaders are doing to his nation. Being descended from Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, my Dad was sincerely patriotic.

My Dad and Mom lost six children. Three died as infants in the early years of their marriage,  two sons were killed in  wars, and one daughter died of melanoma at age 31.

He never tired of talking about family, or current events. He instilled in his children a passion for learning.

Even though he never finished high school, he was an intelligent and informed man. Everyday, my Dad would read the local newspapers from cover to cover, supplemented with weekly magazines and television news as that became available.

My Dad led a tough life. Even so, he was thankful for what he had, and taught all of us to do likewise. At every meal, he would ask for God’s blessing, and thank Him for what we had.

My Dad was quite a man.

Here is his blessing, as he said it before every meal.

Heavenly Father, forgive us our sins, and make us thankful for these and all the other blessings. These things we ask for Christ’s sake. Amen.


6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dad!”

  1. Your dad was sounds like a very special man. You are quite blessed to have been raised by such a good man. It’s sad what has happened to our nation.

    My grandfather probably is rolling in his grave if he knew what was happening. He, also was WWII vet.

    Happy Birthday to your daddy.

  2. Thank you, Leticia. My dad was too old for WWII, but his oldest son was killed in theSouth Pacific. Sorry about misunderstanding.

  3. He sounds like real swell dad Bob. These days kids would be lucky to have a dad like yours.

  4. I envy all of you who had such great loving daddies. Mine abandoned us when I was only six-years-old. And that pain never fully goes away.

    So, are were truly blessed with an awesome dad.

  5. The loss your folks had of TWO to war and the others, is so difficult to imagine. How many more kids did they have other than you, BOb, who survived? I hope they had plenty because more kids should have been raised by a dad like yours (and probably your Mom, too!)
    THanks for this piece…I love it. I have to add that the only reason I could think of to be happy to have lost my father is the mess our country’s in now. He simply wouldn’t believe it.
    God bless you, BOb………that’s also a wonderful meal time prayer. thanks for that. z

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