In honor of Father’s Day, some of the men and women who attend the day program at North Star’s HIP recently sat down to share some stories about their fathers.
Larry: “Dad worked for the Rock Island Railroad. He was a hard worker and always stayed by mom’s side. I miss him.”
Sarah: “Almost every weekend we went camping and fishing with friends and their kids. Dad did the cooking on the Weber grill.”
Bob (aka “Bebo”): “Dad put on a glove and played catch with me and my siblings. I remember living in Detroit and fishing on the Detroit River and Lake Erie.”
Dana: “I remember my grandfather, the closest father figure in my life. He would take me on vacation to Pierre, South Dakota and camping at Lake Rathbun.”
Nic: “I used to hunt and fish with my step-dad. We would hunt for pheasant, deer, coon, and quail and go fishing on the Wapsie.”
Eugene: “My father was a hard worker that took care of his family. Dad was high in the ranks of the Knights of Columbus.”
Smitty: “Dad made wooden toys and crafts for people. I golfed and fished with him. I also remember once when I was a teenager, my dad asked me for a cigarette.”
David: “My father was a “buck” Sergeant in the Marine Corps. He made you toe the line. He played pool at a bar in town, and we played dodge ball a lot. My family lived at Grandpa & Grandma’s farm.”
Bruce: “My dad was a farmer and he taught me the ropes of farming. When I was a kid, I thought my dad was mean, but when I grew up I realized he wasn’t mean. He was a good provider that had to take care of his 10 kids.”
Steve: “We lived on a farm by Frederika. We went camping and fishing when I was a kid. Dad was a toy salesman and would take me to work. We got to keep the broken toys. He also took me to work at the golf course and I dove into the ponds to search for golf balls.”
Becca: “I remember my dad taking me to Applebee’s and shopping for cheerleading shoes. Dad won a lot of money in the lottery and he lives in a big house and has a new car. He took me fishing when I was a kid.”
Dianne: “We went fishing and had picnics at the Mitchell sandpits here in town.”
Kevin: “We went fishing in a boat on the Raccoon River in Des Moines.”
Ron: “I went with Dad on his milk route. He worked for the Waverly Creamery. When Dad drove I would wake him up if he dozed off. One Christmas my dad bought me a special bicycle – an English Racer. I miss my dad a lot.”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all of the dad’s out there!!