He joined the Navy when he was just seventeen years old by having his younger brother sign his paperwork as his father.
It's been twelve years now since he died. In some ways seems like a hundred years ago yet in others seems like last week.
One thing I can say with certainty is that I have survived these past five or so years because I was a "Leach".
My parents were never wealthy, far from it but were actually the richest people I've ever known. They loved each other and were loved by everyone. Money doesn't buy that, integrity and honesty do.
If I can be half the person they both were, we'll call my life a Win.
The things we've been through these past years have been trying and draining but were just "Things" nothing else. We're all healthy, happy and counting our blessings.
If the two above people had never met, fallen in love, married and had that final last kid I wouldn't even be here typing this post.
Because of them, I am me. I am a fighter and not one to give up or in. I trust and depend on God and know everything else will eventually fall into place. Maybe not on MY time schedule but on HIS.
Seems like a couple of years ago I was sitting on this station wagon with my brother and sister. See how close we are in this picture? We're even closer today. That's what being a Leach is all about.
My momma's name was Ann and this song always reminded me of the way diddy felt about her.
I was a lucky little kid and am a lucky fifty four year old woman because of it.
And just as he always said to us when we were younger, would most probably reply "That's MISTER old man to you."
Thanks Mister Old Man, for teaching me to know right from wrong and how to love others.
The greatest two abilities a person can have.
Miss you every day and think of you even more.
Thanks for leaving me in such wonderful hands.
Til next time...COTTON