June 19, 2022 – Happy Father’s Day! – My Dad : Tough Choices and A Life Well Lived

After the Freedom, Choices
Tough Choices

My Dad ( left ) with my Uncle Mike ( right )

The pic of my dad above, left side, looking down, lips pursed, touching his fingers together to help make the connections he needed inside himself, was before he left for several months-long journeys from Brownsville to Houston to secure work and a place for us to live.

Early 1950s. Roads were rough. One lane. Some folks didn’t make it back from trips like that back then. My mom only had me at the time, though by the time he made his journeys back and forth and felt he could carry us in his old car to a new home, I also had a baby brother.

He was fulfilling a promise both to himself and my mom, about life, the life they wanted together. I know this to be true because I know that look on my mom’s face – a trust in a pact of two hearts; and the love and confidence in my dad’s face, standing beside her, said that, yes, he would find a way for them. And us, their 6 children they brought forth in the years ahead.

Mom & Dad wedding pic BW
Mom & Dad wedding pic BW

Years later, in a picture I took during high school ( below ), with a camera a friend of mine sold to me for the ungodly sum of $25, I captured a promise kept.

Though, I still couldn’t understand their lack of excitement for the new 13 inch color TVs being promised by the next decade. Or 1 foot long cordless phones you could carry around with you in the house – long as you didn’t wander too far from the phone’s base….

Didn’t they understand anything about the future? 😊

Evidently they did understand something I didn’t yet about that impending sure future – or maybe I just took it for granted, from them – that that future would have to be grounded in an open-heart faith and iron will to persist….

Happy Father’s Day, dad.

Mom would remain proud of you & love you through her own last day 💕

Mom & Dad mid to late 60s ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Mom & Dad mid to late 60s ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Adan 🙏 💕

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Adan

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Adan

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