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Readers share memories of dads

June, 2003
Joe Fannin
Bogalusa Daily News

I had asked for Father's Days thoughts from our readers, and want to share them with you.

Sherrill Young, formerly of Bogalusa and now living in Berkley, California shares her thoughts with us.

"Early on in my life I realized that my father, A. Z. Young was unique. He helped change the world for Blacks in Louisiana. My father was committed to proving that Blacks could excel. He always had tremendous empathy for people in less fortunate circumstances, and was very determined that I be equally caring.

"On reflection, I hear his laughter as I visualize his smile. I miss our daily calls from California to Louisiana and the call on Sunday mornings when he checked to see if I was up getting ready for church. Flying to Louisiana is hard now for me because I know that he will not be waiting for me as I exit the plane.

"My mother died before I was two years old. My father became my mother, friend, sister, brother, and daddy. I could talk to my father about anything. If I had a problem it was our problem, he was always there for me. He always told me that I could do anything I wanted to do if I set mind to it.

"I cried out when Multiple Sclerosis attacked my body. I had to ask myself what he would do or say. Be strong, stand tall and remember "God doesn't put anymore on you than you can bear." Then he would have said you can beat this. Pray! Pray! It is with his strength that I have now taken the attitude that Multiple Sclerosis to me is like spinach is to Popeye.

"I am thankful that my father prepared me for life with a spiritual upbringing, and I am most appreciative for the wonderful memories that I have of my father.

"Thank you God for allowing us the time that we had together.

"Missing my father!"

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