Sunday, February 26, 2006

Anniversary Tribute

                      

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.”                    ~Denis Diderot

 

 

He came from a humble beginning. He was born and raised in the blue-collar city of Flint, Michigan. His father was a General Motors worker and his mother, a stay home mom. He had an older brother and an older sister. He was the youngest of the brood. They lived in a subdivision in a cookie cutter bungalow of the 1960’s.

 

 He remembers a lot of the good times he had as a child. Halloween is his favorite holiday. He often reminisces about the days when he would trick or treat in his neighborhood and his family went all out decorating the home like a haunted house. He smiles when he thinks about the summer days he spent swimming in the creek at his grandparents’ property in Tawas, Michigan and swimming in their above ground pool in their backyard. He has that amazing glow when he recounts stories about his youthful adventures with his childhood friends.   

 

He also remembers the time when his parents divorced when he was twelve. How his world came  crashing down when he came home from school and his mother was not there. He searched for his mother and found her at an Aunt’s home and was told to go home to his father because his mother did not have the resources to raise him. His heart still breaks when he recalls the humiliation and anger he felt when he saw intact families going about their business in their neighborhood when his was torn apart.

 

He recollects his high school days. These days were blurry and full of angst. He did not want to be there. He just wanted to get it over and done with so he can take a factory job. He did not think he was a college material. He was resigned to living a blue-collar existence.  Men in his city were proud and hardworking: they made decent amount of money to buy homes and keep their families fed. That was all he aspired for.

 

Fast forward to what he had accomplished and who he became. He traveled all over the world. He got a college degree. He wears suit to work.  He loves what he does for a living. He has an intact family of his own. He has been married for twenty something years. He sends his children to the best schools he could afford and dreams of seeing them lead happy and productive lives in the future. He plans on taking courses to get a graduate degree.  He is dreaming of retiring in style on acreages with a creek and a cottage like his grandparents had. 

 

He does everything with enthusiasm or not at all.  His passion sets him on fire to achieve.  He attributes much of his success to his wife. Truth to be known, his glory is all his. He is who he is because he is a passionate man.     

12 comments:

oceanmrc said...

Great tribute!  And happy anniversary!
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barbpinion said...

An awesome tribute. Hope he read it.
Hugs
Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

queeniemart said...

Beautifully written. Whoever this is, this man should be proud.
Love,lisa

my78novata said...

beautiful

tendernoggle said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY........GOD BLESS THIS UNION....
LOVE,
CARLENE

randlprysock said...

Wow!  WHo is he?  I'm curious to know but I love how this is written.  Hugs,
Lisa

ryanagi said...

He is a lucky man to have you.

gdireneoe said...

Hi!  It's been quite some time since I've been here...apologies.  I've found you again while I was searching my own archives.  Love this entry!  Hope you've been writing LOADS.  Good to see you again. ;)  C.  http://journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies

justaname4me2 said...

Wow, this was a beautiful tribute. Character makes a man a hero and I believe you've described such a man~
Wishing you well,
Rebecca

sdoscher458 said...

What a wonderful entry. To be so in love so many years later is a wonderful feat. He sounds like a really stand up kinda guy..and I can see why you love him so. Happy Anniversary....Sandi

sassydee50 said...

Hi there~thanks for visiting me. This entry is a great tribute to I'm going to take a wild guess here and say your husband! It really bllooms alive in the last two paragraphs. He sounds like a "good catch" indeed! ;-) So Happy Anniversary if it is yours...and regardless---good piece of writing! ;-) Sassy

demandnlilchit said...

How lovely! I can see you still have a crush your your darling husband too!!! After all these years........Ain't love grand???? lol lol lol