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Just Remembering

Updated on November 14, 2011
He was a hard worker, he had a hard life, he lived, loved and then passed away holding my hand.
He was a hard worker, he had a hard life, he lived, loved and then passed away holding my hand. | Source

Mom and dad was both born in Kentucky

The photo to the right is my Dad.

He lived a hard life but he always took care of us the best he could.

Dad did all kinds of work as we grew up, I have three other siblings

One brother and two sisters.

My dad met my mom at a bus stop and mom was 21 and dad and her got married not long after they met. Mom already had my sister Carol and dad took her in and raised her as his own.

Dad did a lot of work over the years he lived, he died at the age of 46 with cancer.

I was 19 and I held his hand as he died and it took my breath away to just watch him pass on, he went fast but in peace. He was a MiG welder for years and took care of his family and when he got sick he had to stop working. My dad suffered a great deal with this disease.

I remember the trips dad took us on when we we're little, we went fishing and we went frog hunting. He ran races with us at the park, he always won..

At night sometimes dad would tell us stories of him when he was a child.

He told us one night how he was riding a little mare and went through a cemetery to get home, he said he heard noises like I want to ride with you, I want to ride with you..He got really scared and ran that pony as fast as she ever went..He got home and told his dad but his dad didn't believe him..

Dad told awesome stories to us..

He was a drinker later on in life, when he got sick I think he may of gave up some.

He did get abusive but I wanted to remember the good times.

He would take us to Indiana when we we're little and we would go to his brothers and get in a little boat and fish. We caught frogs and we went swimming.

My dad Bobby Gene Hogston

How we loved him


Betty Bolden

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My mother Zelma Thomas Hogston

She has been through so much.

Sickness and depression..but my mom is a strong woman, she stands as a proud mom to her kids. I remember riding bikes with my mom and walking to the store.

She cuddled me when I napped, I remember her holding me close to her..

Mom is still living and doing really well, she has a lot of physical pain with bone diseases she has.

Mom has made me a stronger woman

I love you mommy.

Me as a child
Me as a child | Source

The photo above is me when I was 7 years old..time goes by so fast.


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    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Storytellersus Dad told a lot of stories..he never said who he thought was speaking he just said a voice..

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      6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      jesusmyjoy, I would love to read some of the stories your daddy told. I can imagine a little boy riding a horse through the graveyard and hearing such things. I wonder who might have been speaking to him? Might make a great Halloween story, with some imagination and taking liberties with the story. Just thinking aloud. It's your story! Anyway, I appreciate that you took the high road and remembered the good times. Hugs.

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you so much ethel

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      Ethel Smith 

      6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for sharing Betty. We are all human and make mistakes sometimes. Your Dad sounds like he was still a great Dad

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      April Reynolds 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      What beautiful memories. It is good to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad!

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you all so so much

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      Siny J 

      6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      What a beautiful tribute to your parents. None of our parents was perfect but who is. A parent is everything to a child even when were grown up kids. This was such a loving hub and I thank you for sharing your memories here.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      JesusmyJoy, This is heartfelt and so kind and thoughtful of you to focus on the pleasant memories! You are indeed a strong woman! Thank you for sharing these precious tender moments! I pray that the Lord gives you many more Great memories! GOD BLESS YOU!

      In HIS, Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you so so much

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      Love the story of your parents. You are so right remember the good times.


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