Mom and dad grew up during the depression. The hard times affected dad’s family more than mom’s as his father often didn’t have work during that time. His mother died when he was a teen and dad dropped out of school soon afterwards. He got his GED as an adult. Still, dad was a quick learner and taught himself to be a mechanic. He worked at a blue-collar job all his life and retired with a pension.
Dad always kept himself busy. He was never content to just sit around and talk even when we had family visiting. Dad would often just get up and go downstairs to work in his shop while the uncles all snoozed after a meal.
Then about 25 years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to spend some time in the hospital and some enforced rest after that. I didn’t know how…
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