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His Desire - dedicated to my aging father

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  • Machinist
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    Hi machinist,

    The price my dad paid for that private school “educational culture” for 4 kids was a thousand newspapers slung out of a car window every morning and every afternoon for many years. Plus Duke sandwich delivery as a second job. I have the fullest respect for manual labor jobs, trust me!

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  • 3 Resurrections
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    Hi machinist,

    The price my dad paid for that private school “educational culture” for 4 kids was a thousand newspapers slung out of a car window every morning and every afternoon for many years. Plus Duke sandwich delivery as a second job. I have the fullest respect for manual labor jobs, trust me!

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  • Machinist
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    Wow, I appreciate the educational culture you were raised in.

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  • 3 Resurrections
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    Thank you Esther, yes, he is that and more besides. He and my mom did their godly best to give us all a "goodly heritage" of strong Christian values. The Fragonard painting is one that I immediately became fascinated with on a high school senior class trip to Washington DC's art museum. It seemed to portray all that was lovely, feminine, and intelligent for womankind that I could wish to emulate.

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  • Esther
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    Your Dad sounds like a truly dear man of God. I also love the painting you have as an avatar very much.

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    His Desire - dedicated to my aging father

    I’d like to honor my wonderful 91-year old father by entering his absolute favorite poem from the 17th century written by Robert Herrick. My father loves classical music, and used to spend many hours in his basement “man cave” caring for and listening to his vast record collection. If we kids behaved ourselves, we were each encouraged to join him and listen to pieces he would select for our enjoyment and listening pleasure.

    One of his record albums was of old lute music. On the back of the jacket was a poem written in old Gothic font, with a drawing of a cittern - a kind of lute instrument played with a quill as a plectrum. My father so loved that poem that he once asked me, his then 14-year old daughter, to make a large pen and ink drawing replicating that same poem and the cittern instrument to decorate his basement room’s wall.

    For me, this poem by Robert Herrick encapsulates my father’s soul - his courage and his undaunted optimism in the face of a world that battles to crush our hopes and expectations. His life example as a staunch, faithful man of God and this, his life’s poem, have infused something of their spirit into me as well; a priceless gift in this troubled generation, for which I thank God on my knees.

    I love you, Dad.


    ”Give me a man that is not dull,
    When all the world with rifts is full;
    But unamaz’d dares clearly sing,
    Whenas the roof’s atottering;
    And though it falls, continues still,
    Tickling the cittern with his quill.”

    His Desire - by Robert Herrick

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