I lost my dad at a young age. As a nine year old I was initially fearful, then sad, then angry, but then I realized that feeling sorry for myself and being self-absorbed was not only a waste of time but something that was detrimental to my mental and physical health. My road to adulthood needed support and guidance and that included male role models. And while my mom, who was tasked with the unenviable task of being both father and mother, did her best, she couldn't fulfill that one lacking aspect that was missing.
Over the past few weeks I've been pondering this subject as I look back on my life. In so doing, I have realized that without the help of a number of wonderful and good men I could have easily gone astray. So I have begun writing short stories about my relationship with these men, men who were busy and had families of their own yet took the time to interject themselves into my life. That they gave of themselves so freely, expecting nothing in return, is why I call them my boyhood heroes.
They vary and come from many different viewpoints. One was a lifetime railroad worker, another a harbor pilot, another a retired Coast Guard officer and even a minister. And there will be more to come, but what I plan to do is publish one per day and see how it goes. And even though the stories will be written from the male perspective, the reader can easily substitute a little girl and adult women into the story, for in the case of a little girl without a mother, she needs the guidance from women in her life just like a boy needs a man.
The first post will be tomorrow, about a man I will call Mr. Floyd, a career railroad worker. In all of my posts I will only use a prefix and first names for anonymity. They asked for no credit or recognition, they just offered their help in many different ways and I think that is the appropriate way to handle the stories. I hope you might find the series useful and I know, in my case, the break from political commentary will be a pleasant change of pace.
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TOMORROW: Episode One - Mr. Floyd