Happy Father's Day

Orval Fredericksen, 1921-2005

I Had a Father Who Talked With Me

I had a father who talked with me.
Allowed me the right to disagree,
To question -- and always answered me,
As well as he could -- and truthfully.
He talked of adventures; horrors of war;
Of life, its meaning; what love was for;
How each would always need to strive
To improve the world to keep it alive.
Stressed the duty we owe one another
To be aware each man is a brother.
Words for laughter he also spoke,
A silly song or happy joke.
Times runs along, some say I'm wise,
That I look at life with seeing eyes.
My heart is happy, my mind is free,
I had a father who talked with me.
-- Hilda Bigelow

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