The Bookman By The Bookman, 10th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Memories come from the strangest places. A trip to the hardware store brought this one back.


Leo owned a hardware store,
so old that it had once not
been a franchise.
As a small boy,
Dad and I would
sometimes go there
for things for his work.
Leo, was always glad to see Dad,
Leo WASN'T always glad…
to see everybody.
One day, years after Dad died,
I went to the hardware store
for things to fix Dad's home-made solar collector.
Leo looked at me oddly, not glad
While I explained what I needed.
Then I told him who I was,
and what I was doing.
"I sure miss your Dad" he said.
"He was the most honest man I ever knew."
While we discussed the parts
needed for this job.
Came time to settle up,
he discounted the parts,
which he didn't have to do,
I paid, walked to the truck.
Putting money in my wallet
I found he had given me
five dollars too much,
I went back inside…
and became, then for him,
Dad's son.


Dad, Deceased Paretn, Growing Older, Hardware, Local, Parent, Repair, Solar

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author avatar The Bookman
Over 40 years buying, selling, reviewing books. Worked for Newspapers, publishing companies, printing houses.
MANY differing interests, as will be covered here.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Awww what a nice story. Good for you. I admire honesty.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar The Bookman
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank Denise!

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