however; it seems much more appropriate to address Memorial Day. I’m not skipping over my Mother’s Day post; I want to give the post the attention it deserves following the holiday.
There are MANY of you – friends and patients – that have met my father, James Wilson, at some time over the past 40 years when you were in for an appointment. He was always so proud that he had Charlie to take care of his dental needs. He had every reason to be proud. He raised 4 very strong and self-sufficient women – something that he not only took pride in, but laughed about from time to time. How he put up with all that female energy is still baffling.
To say that my father rarely spoke of his time in the military would be an overstatement. Was it because we were “girls” or was it just not a topic of conversation. I don’t recall any “in depth” conversations about his military experience. I know he had a brother that was lost in the Korean War, Uncle Dick, and I always knew that had an impact on him; however, men – especially in his “generation”, did not express any of those feelings. There were photographs in the “cedar chest” (you know, all of our mother’s had/have that place where they kept old photos and memorabilia). I saw pictures of ships, but had not idea what any of it really meant. My grandmother kept hers in a wicker basket at the bottom of a closet – it was the first place we explored. Ask me sometime and I will tell you what we were looking for…..
Thinking back to the conversations that my father and I had involving philosophy and/or politics, I saw him evolve in his opinions and soften in his judgements. I know that the time he spent in the military was one of the ruling forces in shaping the man we came to know as ” Daddy”.
There are several things I know for sure, he might not have agreed with your opinion or your interpretation of a situation, but he would move heaven and earth to insure your right to have that opinion. It takes a truly good man to disagree with you and still love you more than anything on earth. That was Daddy. That was why he did his time in the military, doing his part to insure that his 4 daughters have the right to free speech, to right to equal pay and the assurance that they will not be discriminated against in the workplace based on age, race, religion, or any other reason as granted by the Constitution of the United States of America.
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