He married Mom before being sent to fight in World War II in Europe. I asked her once how she was able to endure having Dad so far away fighting a war. She said it's just what you did....what everyone did.
This is a picture of my Dad and me at my wedding. I was 19. No wonder my Mom freaked out....I was just a baby. But I was determined to get married. It lasted 10 years. We divorced. But I love this picture. I remember him walking me down the aisle. I think he was more nervous than I was. It was September. Dad was so tan compared to me. He was a farmer and was outside all day long.
He also worked a factory job at night so he could afford to send my brothers, sister and me to college. Who does that??? How many people do you know these days that work 2 jobs so they can give their kids a better life?
He raised cattle. He rode horses. He was a pilot. I never had a chance to tell him what a amazing, heroic man he was to me. He did it all so quietly. He was a quiet man....something I did not inherit from him...LOL.
But I have his ears. When I look in the mirror I see his ears and it makes me smile. He may be gone from this earth but he is always in my heart.