This is a dedication to all fathers but particularly my own, Ed Drolet, who worked so hard to give his kids the greatest opportunities and get us all to college. This was an opportunity that his generation rarely saw as an opportunity for themselves. I am so grateful for all that my Mom and Dad sacrificed raising nine children.
A number of years ago, after my dad passed away, I penned this little poem. I write this now to say thank you for all you did for me dad. I love you and miss you so much.
A Fathers Lament
I have all this wisdom, a good life I have lived.
But no one is willing to ask me, about what’s in my head.
I have all this wisdom, now tell me, what do I do?
No one seems to be asking, oh, what should I do?
I’ve lived all these years, and I’ve acquired much knowledge.
But, the young one’s aren’t asking, you see, they’ve all gone to college.
I’ve also gone to school, The College of Hard Knocks!
I’ve done manual labor in the freight yards and docks!
I’ve lived through the Great Depression, the horrors of The Great War!
I have all of this wisdom, now tell me, what’s it all for?
I sacrificed for my family, accomplished many hard tasks.
I have all of this wisdom, it’s your’s if you’ll just ask!
Thought to Ponder:
Many a time in the past decade I’ve wished I still had my dad to go to seek counsel. If you still have your father in your life, ask him for his wisdom. If you are estranged from your father, be brave to seek and offer forgiveness. Life is short. I realized after my parents had both passed away, that I was no longer “The Next Generation” I was THE generation. I thank my father for all the wisdom he passed down to me. I continue to pray for more wisdom so I can be more like him.
Love you Dad!