Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Miner Wisdom

















My Papa passed away 8 years ago. We did not converse much, and yet he has left me with a heart full of dialog. I am guided daily by the advice and opinions he imparted on me - wisdom which I obstinately chose to ignore or argue while he was alive.

Tonight as I was awkwardly struggling with a drill, a hammer and a hacksaw, bloodying my knuckles, and straining muscles in an attempt to dismantle a broken sofa bed, I remembered a funny moment between us.

I was recently separated, and Papa was over to help me fix things around my new home. As we accomplished task after task (with him doing most of the hard labour and me assisting), I repeatedly and proudly exclaimed, "Ha! Who needs a man - see I can do all this myself!"

Abruptly, Papa grabbed me by the shoulders, held my attention with his calm blue eyes, and said, "Hey, you can ask Maman if you need proof, but I do happen to be a man... and here you are... needing me!"

4 comments:

skylark said...

Nice post Woodsy. I chuckled at your exclamation of independence and then got all choked up at your papa's reply.

zoom said...

Lovely post Woodsy - it made me laugh.

XUP said...

Papa stories always make me cry.

Woodsy said...

Je vous remercie, Skylark, Zoom and XUP...