Archive for June 2nd, 2010

Little Old Men. 1975

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I was shooting a portrait of a friend in her backyard. These boys were watching over her fence. The older boy asked if I would take a picture of him and his brother. Of course I would. But by the time the film was developed, they were gone. They were staying in a foster home and left for wherever foster kids go. I think of them to this day and hope they did OK in life.

Happy Birthday, Dad

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Had my Father lived, he would have been 91 today. He died about 4 years ago and I had the privilege of living with him for his last 4-years.

Dad was hired by Xerox for their maintenance department in the late  ’60’s when he was 45-years old. He never missed a single day in 30-YEARS!   He retired at 75 because Xerox introduced a computer system which he didn’t want to learn.  And it wasn’t because he was dumb. In 1939, he ranked #14 out of over 100,000 Army men who were tested to get into the Merchant Marines. My Mom told me that.  When I asked him about it, he said he couldn’t remember.

Dad was the kindest and gentlest person anyone had met. He would shyly smile and tip his baseball cap to the older ladies who lived in our  building as he slowly trudged on his walker to Bill Gray’s Diner next door in the Strong Museum.

Dad walked to the museum diner every day at 10:30 am –  even though it really didn’t open until 11:00. He never quite understood why he was the only customer there at that time. The staff  would bring him coffee and his “allowed” lunch of soup and a salad which I insisted they serve him because of his diabetes – even though he ordered french fries day after day. Of course he never complained about that – and the eyes of Moshe the manager filled with tears when I had to tell her he wouldn’t be coming back.

I can honestly say I never heard him say a negative thing about anyone.

My Dad was the best man I ever knew.