This being Father's Day reminded me of one of the most important reasons that Mary (from my last post) was and still is such a great friend. She shared her Dad with me. He was a wonderful male role model. He worked with young people. He let me work for him in his insurance office when I was in college, even though I could barely type, etc..... After school when we were in junior high we walked to town everyday. We always stopped by his office so Mary could get some money. Then, we went to the drug store soda fountain and ate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and drank cherry colas. "Everybody" went there after school. So much fun!!! Her dad took us to dog runs. I never was really sure what this was, but I got to ride my first horse when we went to one. He was at all of our basketball games and cheered me on (the few times I got on the court) just as much as he did Mary. He was always very supportive of me and all of Mary's friends.
In my family there were no men role models. My grandfather died when I was in the 3rd grade. My uncle from next door died when I was in the 5th grade, but he had not been around much for a long time before that because he was sick and in the hospital a lot.
My "father" was not around much after I was 7 years old, and when he was, it wasn't usually very pleasant. Do you think maybe this is why I stayed out of church today instead of the excuse that I was tired from my mom's hospital stay this week?
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