a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Monday, October 26, 2015

He Reminds Me Of Uncle Bill


Uncle Bill faced life head on and if that meant running over some people along the way, so be it.  He ran over his wife and his children and never looked back. He had a mean streak in him a mile long but a streak of kindness just as big.

He was a Union man with an extraordinary work ethic and a drinking problem which he later traded for a gambling boat addiction.  

Uncle Bill trained all his dogs to take off his socks at the end of the day.  We thought it was a neat trick but Uncle Bill covered his physical ailments as well as his mental ones.

His final years were shared with a good woman that accented his playfulness and gave him the unconditional love he had always looked for in a bottle.  Family became important again.  He loved as fiercely as he had run from love in his youth.

Even lost in Alzheimer's he knew the love of his life and when she passed Uncle Bill died too. 

13 comments:

LindaG said...

Very good piece, Gail.

georgeplace2013 said...

You bring him to a redeeming life. Just lovely, Gail

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, a life redeemed. And accurate that he would follow her in death. I know I couldn't live without my wife.

eileeninmd said...

What a great story, Uncle Bill was a real character. Enjoy your week ahead!

Michael Grogan said...

This is such a beautiful story of a character who comes full circle in life. Well done..

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a great post! You are quite the story teller.

Patricia Palazy said...

Thank you for your contribution to the photo prompt Gail :)

I like how you have painted a portrait of a man hard and defined, but with a gentleness underlying the lines deeply etched.

"Uncle Bill trained all his dogs to take off his socks at the end of the day. We thought it was a neat trick but Uncle Bill covered his physical ailments as well as his mental ones."

Such a fascinating and intriguing idea - yet it speaks also to the hidden elements and aspects of a person.

Cheers
Pat

Gail said...

Patricia, Uncle Bill was not fiction. The photo reminded me of him and so part of his story was told.

I enjoyed the prompt and your kind words. Thank you.

Lynne said...

Great story piece . . .

Amber said...

Very moving portrait and in fact your words seemed to fit the image so well

mindlovemisery

Sandra said...

for once i really love the prompt photo. i would love to take his photo. i like faces with stories and you created a great story of Uncle Bill....

Karen S. said...

Such a touching post. Great work.

Lowcarb team member said...

Gail
A very touching and moving post.
I had to reach out for a tissue.

That last sentence has great meaning ...

Thank you

All the best Jan

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