The greatest man i ever knew Essay

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the greatest man i ever knew






He Was "The Greatest Man I Never Knew"
Country music singer, Reba McIntire, recorded a song called "The Greatest Man I Never
Knew." In the song, she speaks of how she never really knew her father. It exemplifies
the way I feel about my own father. Everyone has a person who has made a deep impact on
his or her life. For me, it was my father Donald Alexander. He was a great man with a
wonderful sense of humor. He was the reason I wanted to become an attorney. He said I
never lost an argument. I feel tormented that I was unable to know what a great person he
really was.

In my home, mother was the disciplinarian. Daddy never said much to me unless I had done
something bad, and then most of the time, he would just tell my mother. I could probably
count on both hands the number of times he told me that he loved me. I guess he assumed I
knew. He was a quiet man who did not like to talk about his feelings. I always took what
few things Daddy said to heart because, to me, he was extremely intelligent and knew
everything.

As the only girl in the family, the only child my mother and daddy had together, I was in
every sense of the word spoiled. Daddy saw to it that I had anything I wanted from baton
to piano lessons. I had every Barbie ever made. I even had Barbie's corvette and the dream
house. He enjoyed giving me things he thought made me happy. However, I would have rather
had more time with him.

Before I started school, he and I would enjoy each other's company as he ate a peanut
butter and banana sandwich. He would stop by our house at lunchtime and would sometimes
let me go along to deliver the mail. I loved going with him because it made me feel very
important and needed. My dad would hand me stacks of letters to put into the mailboxes as
we went along the route. I would even skip school some days to go with him.

As I grew older, I saw my dad less frequently. Our luncheons were suspended by my having
to go to school and my wanting to spend time with my friends. Subsequently, my father
retired from the postal service and received his real estate license. My parents began
talking about moving to Mississippi in 1986. I could tell by his facial expression that
he did not want to move, but he loved my mother and wanted to make her happy. Daddy didn't
complain about moving, although I know he never wanted to move to away. He lived in the
small town of Carthage, Tennessee all of his life and I know it was very difficult for him
to leave.

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