Date: 25 January 2015. Fred and Ruby.
Guest author Douglas G. Pollard Sr. aboard S/V Sea Legs.
This piece is for
The Writer's Block.
It's written by a previous contributor [see
About Douglas Pollard Sr.]
and follows up on that article. I love reading about how life on the
waterfront was in years past and wish for my Grand similar
experiences. Perhaps pieces like this will encourage younger parents
to consider loosening the apron-strings and allowing exploration of
I wonder if dirt dwellers (away
from the waterfront) were allowed similar freedoms?
Douglas said: I have in a lot of ways had an unusual life but
my father was the cause. He was an adventurer in spirit but the
times required him to work every waking hour to raise a family, have
a home and give us kids the chance to follow our dreams.
Norman Rockwell's "Daydreaming
Bookkeeper" might have been inspired by Douglas' dad Fred.
Growing up he (Fred) encourage me to do the things I dreamed of, I can still hear him
telling my Mother, "Ruby, don't worry about that boy he can take care
of himself and he has things to do and things to see."
Mom a gentle
and very liberal for her time taught me to see the things that so
many don't have time for.
How could my life be any different?
Douglas Pollard, Sr. in St. Georges
My kids embarrassingly say they
admire me greatly. I find it hard to get them to give enough credit
to my parents Fred, and Ruby for giving me the chance and
encouragement and the self confidence to do those things I dreamed
of as a child. IF I have achieved anything it is that I was able to
follow through with my child hood dreams.
I have a son who goes out west and
hikes the rocky mountains. He is a hard worker, building two homes
in the mountains worked as a Mail man and still found time to have
adventures. I sometimes tell my wife I should have named Him "Fred
If I dropped dead in the next 30
minutes I have to say Life owes me nothing. Thank God I grew up of
the Parents I did. I find my self, them, even more than I am me.
© Douglas G. Pollard Sr. of the
27' Albin Vega "Sea Legs" 2225 KK4YGO
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