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03.29.2021 (19 Days Ago)
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Learning Something New
Learning Something New
19 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

 

I’m not exactly sure why we’ve been going through old papers at my mom’s house lately. Maybe we are all missing my dad. It’s been just four years. I know I truly find comfort in memories.


The most interesting thing, however, is that we are learning things about my dad that none of us knew – including my mom.


We found an old resume. From it we learned details about his military service in Korea. We knew that he had served but didn’t know that he had received a number of medals. I always knew from a 10,000 foot up kind of perspective that my dad was involved in the local PTA growing up. He was, after all, an educator. (My dad retired as an elementary school principal of one of the largest schools in Brooklyn). According to his resume, he was more involved in the local PTA than I remembered, having served on Executive Boards and even as President when I was in high school. With my own experience, I know now what a commitment all of those positions require and he clearly did it with ease.


We found an old transcript. My dad earned his masters from Brooklyn College, a Master of Science in Education on February 1, 1958 to be exact. He did well, all As and Bs and based on his chosen coursework, seemed to have an interest in mental health issues in education. Maybe that is where my daughter’s passion for mental health started.


We found an old yearbook, his high school yearbook. He was so young and handsome. He was on the Service Squad, was a Football Manager and a German Tutor. Who knew? It was the first we learned that he had anything to do with football or that he studied German. But, perhaps the best was his senior quote: “Plenty of pep, plenty of style, a regular guy with a regular smile.”


Memories that just make me smile.

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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I love looking through my parents' old belongings. There's always a hidden treasure.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Very nice story, Nancy. I recently learned that my father was among some of the first soldiers to liberate Buchenwald concentration camp. I wish I had known about this when he was alive. My understanding was that he was horrified and never talked about it. If your parents are still alive, be sure to ask them about their lives! When we go to visit Victoria's parents in a couple of months, I will be sure to follow my own advice.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    This brings a lump to my throat. Beautiful. Like Paul said....
     
       
     
     
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  •  Fred wrote 18 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Truly “Mr. Life-force”
     
       
     
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    What an adventure!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Love to learn stuff about relatives past. Enjoy the knowledge learned and new found appreciation for the past.
     
       
     
     
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  •  David_Abeshouse wrote 18 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Before we moved my parents out of their house and into an assisted living facility nearly 6 years ago, my mother and I went through essentially every item (including each piece of paper, each photo, EVERYTHING!) in their house, deciding what to keep and what to discard and what to pass along. It was laborious, and took many months, but it was a real bonding experience, and I learned a lot about my parents and their ancestors.
     
       
     
     
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