As I stand at the foot of my ill father's bed, I see a man that at 12 years old went to work in the community to run a wash plant and an asphalt plant at the same time. I am in awe of him. What were you doing at 12 years old?
He didn't finish all his schooling but accomplished great feats and heights. He successfully started and ran his own construction business in partnership with my Mom, both from little towns and with no formal college education but rather life experience. I have always been proud to call him "Dad". As I see the feeble man he is lying in his hospital bed waiting for test results and bed pan, I know the true man he is as it has shaped me into the woman I am today.
A hard working, loyal, dependable woman who can stand up for herself. Unfortunately those that don't benefit or don't want to see that may say other things about me. As Jane Goodall says, "It actually doesn't take much to be considered a difficult woman, that's why there are so many of us".
If by difficult they mean, seeking peace, not war, communication instead of insult, appreciation not disrespect, helping others not holding back, then, "Yes, I am a difficult woman and proud of it! Thank you Dad! I love you!"
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