"Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash...."
My father wasn't much for outwardly expressing his feelings by saying "I love you," all the time, or by hugging and kissing. But it was by his actions that I knew he loved me. He was always there when I needed him. He was the guy you could always count on. I felt safe with Dad. Once in awhile, his softer side would show through his tough exterior, and he would wrap his strong arms around me and give me a hug. And, he would always tuck me in at night and give me a goodnight kiss when I was a little girl. He'd say, "goodnight, Mrs. Calabash--wherever you are." This was the signature sign off of comedian Jimmy Durante. It always made me smile.
When He Had a Hammer…
I believe that my father was the Ty Pennington of his generation. While he didn't have spiked hair or a soul patch, an entourage, or use a megaphone when he started a job, he could definitely work magic with a hammer. Dad performed his own version of "Extreme Makeovers" on a number of houses throughout his hometown of Duquesne, Pennsylvania and its surrounding areas. His talents were reflected in the countless roofs, paneling jobs, cabinets, decks, and more. Dad's job on the railroad was not glamorous, but he took great pride in his work.
Things I Miss Most about Dad...
His ability to understand without having to use a lot of words
His sense of humor
His genuine kindness and regard for others
Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo