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Papa Bear's Tale: The Intro


I'm delighted to present the first-ever guest appearance of Papa Bear on my blog in the form of an interview. There is no one I am more proud of, and I'm excited about this opportunity for you to get to know him a little bit better.

Papa Bear (aka John) was born right here in in West Texas nearly 59 years ago. Following the death of his father in a car accident when John was three years old, he moved with his mother and older sister no less than 13 times while growing up, being in five different schools in the 6th grade alone! John dropped out of school at 16 to began working full-time and he's been working ever since. He married at 17, becoming a father just two months later.  That marriage ended in heartbreak a year later and a short while thereafter John relocated to West Texas and began a series of jobs which let to his current employment at the truck accessories store where he has been for the past 31 years, rising from the ranks of a lowly installer to General Manager. John married twice more, tragically losing his wife of 29 years to an aneurysm, and his following wife just six years later to breast cancer.  He has three wonderful daughters and six awesome grandkids ranging in age from 10-22.

John's life has been anything but easy, and yet he is a man of love, laughter, compassion, and courage. He could have chosen to play the role of a victim and no one would have blamed him, but instead John chose to make something good of his life, and is a powerful example of what one can accomplish if they are determined to overcome the odds.  John is a Freemason and a proud seventeen year member of his Lodge, recently serving a year as Worshipful Master.  There is not a place we go in this city of 100,000 people, that someone doesn't walk up to greet him and shake his hand, including some of the most wealthy and influential men in the community.  Everyone knows him and respects him. When I was engaged to John and new to this city, I had a local businessman tell me that John is "the real deal". Indeed he is that and much more. 

Continued in Papa Bear's Tale: The Interview - Part I

16 comments:

  1. A beautiful start to learning more about John! Now on to your next post :-)

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    1. Thank you Lady in Red! We are really enjoying working on this together. It's a practice session for the book I am going to write about his life some day soon!

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  2. Don't say "someday soon"...you are writing it! What a beautiful thing to do, collaborate on a book. This is a legacy for generations to know him, that otherwise would not. And you are doing it together. This is awesome.

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    1. I guess in a way this is the beginning of collecting scraps and pieces that will be included, Annie. I wish I would have made notes of every story he's told me since we met, his life has been so full, and he loves to share his stories! It is for his children and his grandchildren and their children. The theme is, of course that anyone can rise above and overcome bad things that happen!

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    1. I am too, Cheryl! Papa Bear is at a Lodge meeting this evening and may not get home in time to work on Part II, then it will be done tomorrow night. He is pleased with how it's working out so far, and I am delighted by his candor!

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    2. Your comment actually posted three times Cheryl, too bad it's just one prize drawing entry per post or you'd be ahead in the game. LOL

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  4. He is a keeper, that's for sure. What a wonderful person. You must be so proud of him. It was so nice to learn more about him!

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    1. I won the grand prize when I married John, Selma! I know of no other man who is as kind, generous, strong, determined, intelligent, responsible, and patient... that last one is very important to put up with me! :-) Working on this interview together has been a great experience and is one small way to show him how very proud of him I am!

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  5. What a great intro I am off now to read the rest of his story......

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  6. I love this photo of John and cannot wait to read the rest!

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    1. This photo was taken for the wall at his Lodge that has pictures of all the past Masters, Kristi. I love it because he is smiling and so are his eyes. He's wearing my favorite tie too... a Jerry Garcia design, and the one he wore for our wedding :-)

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  7. I love the photos of you both. Some how it's so nice to have a face behind the wonderful writing skills.

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    1. I don't know about writing skills, it's just fun for me, Tee... writing is like breathing, I can't live without it! I like to see the faces of my fellow-bloggers too.. makes them all seem so much more real! "Eyes are the windows of the soul". :-)

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  8. Well this is a nice start indeed. Off to read the next installment.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. ☺

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)