Words From My Father

The Doctor: “I never tell anybody how long they have left to live—I might be wrong, and that’s embarrassing.”

“ I specialize in the skin and its contents.”

With babies, I always ask the mother, what do you  think?  and then I agree with her.”

”There’s one thing we doctors have got going for us: most things will get better on their own!”

”SometimesI feel disgusted by the things my patients do.  But then I remind myself: what am I thinking?  They’re all  God’s  children!” (With an air of relief and joy.)

The horseman:  I once leaned down from my saddle to kiss him hello, and I said, “ I always wanted to kiss somebody  from  horseback!”  And he shot back, “Well, that’s where I’m from!”

” Most important rule when riding: keep the horse between yourself and the ground at all times!” 

In my most recent article, Into Our Own Hands: Citizen’s Arrest In Pennsylvania ( The Pennsylvania Lawyer, ,January 2019) i wrote  about  how he had come downstairs one day to find a guy walking out the door with our antique clock.  ( Our front door is always wide open in summer.)  “What are you doing?”  he thundered. “Put that down! And sit right down there while I go upstairs and get my gun!”

My father could speak in an Olympian timbre; he seldom employed it, but when he did, to hear was to obey.  The perp collapsed bonelessly onto our sofa.  Dad came back downstairs, armed (though I know he didn’t point the gun at the cowed crook—he would never have risked anyone’s life over a temperamental ol’ timepiece) and they waited for the police.

How we  miss him, departed this life in God’s faith and fear (and in agony). ..

“There were giants in the Earth in those days, the mighty men of old, the men of renown…”

Honor thy Father,  today and always.

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6 thoughts on “Words From My Father”

  1. Hypatia:

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    I would have loved to have met your father, Hyp. He sounds like quite the character.

    “He was a man, take him for all in  all.”

    I had to look this up. You left out the best part.

     

    “He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again.”


    ― Wm. Shakespeare , Hamlet

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  2. EThompson:

    10 Cents:
    I would have loved to have met your father, Hyp. He sounds like quite the character.

    So does his daughter. 🙂

    Right back atcha, ET!  You and I were lucky in our fathers, and they live on in us.  When mine died, all unbidden I thought,

    “ Now, I am  him.”

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  3. Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    10 Cents:
    I would have loved to have met your father, Hyp. He sounds like quite the character.

    So does his daughter. 🙂

    Right back atcha, ET!  You and I were lucky in our fathers, and they live on in us.  When mine died, all unbidden I thought,

    “ Now, I am  him.”

    It’s scary but true. I’ve inherited the good (mainly an insatiable curiosity about people/life and ambition) but a lot of his pedantic quirks as well.

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