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  •  My father-in-law never finished high school. (18+ / 0-)

    He quit school to work and support his family when his father was hurt and could no longer do so. They were migrant farmers, sometimes working in a different state each year.
     His father was a Connecticut Yankee and his mother full-blooded Cree Indian, banished from her tribe for marrying a white man.
    For most of his life, he worked more than one job- usually three. He banked, saved, invested. He and my mother-in-law raised four kids.
    He'd buy a new Pontiac or Buick every three years. Locals in the market for a used car sometimes waited for his to become available, as he had the reputation of maintaining his cars very well.
    Dad died on 11/1/2001. He was almost 97 years old. He left his 4 kids a healthy inheritance, much of which was lost in the recent economic downturn.
    Dad enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, days shy of his 37th birthday. He was a captain's cook in the Med Fleet.
    He considered it his "patriotic duty" to pay taxes, which he did quarterly, and did not seek out loopholes to save himself more money. "That," he said, "would be unpatriotic."

    "Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Marin Luther King

    by Gentle Giant on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 10:50:38 AM PST

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