ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Reminiscing On Life

Updated on December 16, 2011
Froggy213 profile image

In 2007, Greg's 23 month old Grandson was killed. At that point, he found a need to write about his family, crime, and local issues.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source

As the reciprocal saw cut and the sawdust fell and blew into my hair and face, a tear rolled down my cheek.

As I dragged the tree branches to the pile I had in the back yard, a smile enlightened my face.

It's called reminiscing.

Here I was alone while my love was at her teaching job. I was doing the yard work that is a full-time job around here. With as much rain as has come, it seems that weeds, grass and trees grow overnight.

So why the tear? Why the smile?

I was recalling earlier years when I would do similar things in my yard in Fremont, Nebraska and in Lebanon, Missouri.

I remembered my children running out of the house wanting to help Dad. Their enthusiasm was immense. They truly wanted to work; and work hard!

Is my pride showing?

Yes, I am proud. They grew into very hardworking adults and I feel pride in knowing that they learned some of it from yours truly.

I think of some of today's kids. Many don't understand what hard work is. They sit behind I-pads, gaming systems and television sets while Mom and Dad do the yard-work or someone who was hired to do it all for them. Many are afraid of getting their hands dirty doing some manual labor. What will happen to these children if the world's economy falls apart? It sure makes me wonder.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source

Firstborn

Emmanuel means God with us. He goes by Manny.

My firstborn son is now a furniture mover and drives moving trucks too.

Manny would be the one who muscled up when he helped Dad. He would see how much he could lift.

"Look Dad", He would yell to me. "I've got it all". My words of be careful would fall on deaf ears but my words of thanks and "you sure are strong" he would hear immediately.

Manny, I am very proud of you and your accomplishments. You are an outstanding father and I love you.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source

Second Born

Eric which means ever-powerful, came out of his mom's womb big and is big to this day.

Eric was the one who picked up a tree branch while helping Dad and swung it like a sword.

He always had a joke. I recall him "farting" in the cashier line at a grocery store and looking at me with a smirk on his face; "geez Dad, say excuse me will ya". I would be red as a beet and he would be laughing while we loaded the groceries in the truck.

Eric also moves furniture and is getting his C.D.L. to drive semi trucks.

Eric is a wonderful father and has proposed to his wonderful girlfriend.

Eric, I am very proud of you and I love you very much.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source

Baby Daughter

Amy means beloved and that she is.

Amy would have been the one in her new dress trying to do as much as the boys helping Dad.

"Amy, get in there and change your clothes" was stated many times. She always tried real hard because she just wanted to do as much as any boy could.

Amy has always been very beautiful and doesn't mind working hard at all.

She is a cook at a Cracker Barrel at this time and a full-time Mom too. A very good Mom at that.

Amy, I love you. I pray that life will give you all that you desire, you deserve it.

This Season

I know that you children of mine have a few issues with me. Please know that just because I am in another country miles from you that I still think about you all the time. I pray for you and want the very best for you.

You can call Dad any time and I hope to see you all soon.

Merry Christmas my children.

DAD LOVES YOU!


This song speaks words that make me think of all 3 of you.

© G.L. Boudonck

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      revivor 

      6 years ago

      Great hub, froggy!! Read it from cover to cover and learned a lot about your upbringing and cherished memories. God bless you as you move forward.

    • Lastheart profile image

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very well heart touching Hub. Hope all of you could just stretch your arms. My kid's dad is living in heavens and I know what kid's feel without a dad. Thanks, God you are alive in the same planet though not in the same land. Our doors are also open for them. May this year full you all with peace, love, peace and The Holy Spirit each second.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Really heart-felt! Praying that you and your children would bridge the geographical and emotional distances and reunite your hearts this Christmas! Voted BEAUTIFUL!

    • Da Filkman profile image

      Da Filkman 

      6 years ago

      Your children are all very good-looking and intelligent.

      How did THAT happen???

      Seriously, it's in the genes; thanks for a very heart-warming hub, man:)))

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)