GROWING UP I WANTED TO LEARN THE PIANO, I WANTED TO ICE SKATE, I EVEN THOUGHT OF BEING A LIBRARIAN BECAUSE I LOVE TO READ.  I NEVER DID ANY OF THOSE.  THERE JUST WERE NO MONIES FOR DREAMS

I WONDERED SOME TIMES WHY MY PARENTS DIDN’T GO TO COLLEGE LIKE MOST OF MY FRIENDS.

FACT IS MY DAD HAD TO QUIT SCHOOL AFTER 8TH GRADE TO HELP SUPPORT IS FAMILY OF 7 BOYS AND IMMIGRANT PARENTS.

NOW, I CAN HONESTLY SAY GOD PUT ME RIGHT WHERE I BELONGED.

MY FATHER AS YOU WILL READ JOINED AA AT AGE 52.  THE ROAD WAS LONG, HAVING 6 BROTHERS WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY PASS FROM ALCOHOL POISONING OR LIVER FAILURE.  DAD WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WENT TO AA.

BUT THEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE STORY, OH NO THE STORY DIDN’T START AT 52 NOR DOES IT END THERE.  I AM STILL IN AWE OF THOSE WHO GIVE UP SOMETHING THEY LOVE EVEN THOUGH THEY DO IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.  I TRIED GIVING UP COFFEE FOR LENT AND I THOUGHT I WOULD RATHER LOSE A FINGER (THATS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT BACK THEN) THEN GIVE UP COFFEE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!

MY MOTHER WALKED TO WORK EVERY MORNING REGARDLESS OF THE PHYSICAL ABUSE THE NIGHT BEFORE.  EVENTUALLY I REALIZED WHAT ALL BOTH OF THEM WERE DOING, YES ALONG THE WAY THERE WAS A LESSON NAMED ‘STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY’ THROUGH OUT MY MARRIAGE OF 56 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO HAVE MET THE RIGHT GUY, AND I HAVE THREE EDUCATED SONS AND I LEARNED TO PLAY THE PIANO!

BUT THE BEST THING I KNOW, THE BEST THING I LEARNED THAT I BROUGHT TO THE MARRIAGE WITH ITS ‘LIFE HAPPENS’ DAYS, WAS BEING A PART OF THIS STRENGTH MY PARENTS SHOWED EVERY DAY.

MY PARENTS, WITH NO COLLEGE EDUCATION, WERE GOOD TEACHERS EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T KNOW IT AT THE TIME.  SO IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY DID IT, HOW I MADE IT THRU MY YOUNGER YEARS AND WHY CARING FOR MY MOM WITH DEMENTIA FOR 7 YEARS AND FINDING IT THE BEST GIFT GOD EVER GAVE ME YOU WILL FIND IT IN THE SEVEN JOURNALS I KEPT AND IN THESE MEMOIRS.

CARING FOR A LOVED ONE, WHO DOESN’T EVEN KNOW YOUR NAME AND FINDING WAYS TO STIMULATE HER ARE DESCRIBED IN MY DAILY NOTES.

YOU WILL FIND THE KEY TO LIVING THROUGH WHATEVER TRIALS YOUR GIVEN WHEN YOU FOLLOW MOLLIE AND RUDY.  THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO PUT THE FAMILY BACK TOGETHER.  IT WAS WORTH WAITING FOR!

YOU CAN LEARN TO CREATE STRENGTH IN YOURSELF, DURING ADVERSITY EVENTS.  I BET YOU HAVE MORE THEN YOU THINK.  STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT..IF ITS NOT THERE. TRY IT!

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