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DO YOU WALK A MILE in another man's shoes?

Thinking back at the early years of my life, when both of my parents were living, I sometimes wonder if in fact, I have walked a mile in my father's shoes.

As I grow older and see the world in a different way and grow nearer to age 60, I think about my father and mother, but mainly I think about walking a mile in my father's shoes.

By that, I begin to understand some of his own frustrations back then, with all of us children.

My wife tells me how much I remind her of my dad. I have quite a temper. I easily grow frustrated when someone doesn't agree with me or ignores what I have to say. There is one main difference between me and my father and that he was unable to walk a mile in his own shoes. You see, my father had Polio as a child and he became dependent on using crutches to walk. He never quite got over the dreaded disease that hit America back in the 20's. http://www.faqs.org/childhood/Pa-Re/Polio.html

As I live today, I wonder why my father was chosen by God to have this disease and live? He could have easily died from it. And why do none of his children suffer from it? Of course we all received the Polio vaccine. http://www.salk.edu/about/history-of-salk/jonas-salk/

Like father like son, I have lived with bitterness in my heart for that unseen harbinger of death that hides behind the veil of the microscopic that lays in wait for another day to strike again.


Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/shoes-rock-climbing-hiking-walking-587648/ by stevepb

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MegL wrote on January 8, 2016, 5:05 PM

My father never saw his grandchildren, so I will never walk in his shoes in that respect. But he used to demonstrate science experiments for me and I did that with my own children and now grandchildren.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 8, 2016, 5:27 PM

We learn from our fathers and mothers and its always a blessing to be able to share and pass things down from our grandparent's and parent's generation to our children and grand children to carry on in our footsteps.