This I Believe

Lorimda - Spring Hill, Florida
Entered on June 14, 2007
Age Group: 65+

The Sacrifices that one dad made.

May is for mothers and rightly so. This Sunday is dedicated to all dads, but especially the exemplary ones.

My dad came from an era where you sometimes had to quit school to help out with the support of their families. Dad quit school after his graduation from eighth grade to be there for his mom. His dad had been gone for a while, and his mother had six children. His parents both migrated from Sicily and made many sacrifices.

One of his brothers contracted tuberculosis, which was close to being deadly in those days. My dad worked various jobs, including becoming a butcher. He later became a successful musician. His brother did survive.

When he married, there were severe financial issues. He never stopped working to earn money to put food on the table or to bring home a stuffed animal for his little daughter: This was while trying to deal with a mentally ill wife. He never complained and at no time did he consider leaving his family.

This Sunday, honor and love your dads. Today, dads still face many hurdles. Nuclear families have caused a new kind of stress for moms and dads.

My father is in heaven, but I will not forget the sacrifices he made.