This is my Uncle TR. I shared this on fb and loved the responses. When I shared those oh-so-sweet comments with him, well to say it made his day would be an understatement.
So share your comments for him, if you read his story here, & I'll share with him... to make his day... again.
Uncle TR is the hardest working 86 year old I know. He still cuts his own firewood to heat his old drafty farmhouse. He maintains his homestead himself. Sure, he could go live in the city, let the electric company provide his heat, and let someone else mow the grass. But this is home, here in the rolling hills of WV. Here he can walk the same floorboards he walked as a teen, when he dreamed of a better life.
Once upon a time, he did move to the city. He worked shift work, made sure his kids had a much better education than his own, sat beside his wife when she lost her battle to cancer, and made sure his children had all the resources they needed to never have to live in a drafty old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Unless they wanted to someday return to one, of course. Yes, this is his homestead where he decided in older age he wanted to live again.
And it's that time of year. Time to split wood. He has one side of his farmhouse porch lined with painting tarps he used to use to paint houses with my daddy.He's started splitting and lining up wood for the long winter ahead. Now that cold, dark nights are looming, I will start making sure I carve out time to call him weekly, to help make the evenings a little shorter. We will talk about a day long ago when he was a teen, dreaming of a better life. When he and my daddy were young newly married men working hard to make better lives for their kids.
He and my daddy were brother-in-laws by marriage, but brothers by soul. Truth is, his story is a part of who I am. And I was blessed to spend time with him on this 3-week road trip.
Who would YOU like to reconnect with today? What's stopping you?
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