I wrote the following as a tribute to my dad. When we were little an he would come home from work with his boots covered with cement and mud. Us kids would take them off for him. I found myself doing the same thing about a month ago. I statred thinking about what those boots did and where they had been and thus I wrote the following.
Those boots were an example of what hard work meant.
Often they came home covered with mud and cement.
They were not just filled with feet that were tired and sore.
Those boots were filled with much, much, more.
Those boots dug footings, laid bricks, and built up walls.
They laid a foundation, built a family, and a home for us all.
In good times and bad times they stood proud and strong.
Those boots were there to lead us all along.
Those boots stood on the beach in Guam, Saipan, and Tinian.
They marched shoulder to shoulder with other brave men.
They sailed on ships and flew in planes.
Those boots served proud so our freedom might remain.
Those boots took us to church and taught us the rules.
They walked five kids through Catholic school.
They threw passes, caught strikes, and hit fly balls.
Those boots played games and made it fun for us all.
Those boots loved and cherished a beautiful wife.
They cared for her above all, sixty two years of their life.
They carried them both through life's mistakes.
Those boots were there for whatever it takes.
Those boots rested in the corner ready to use.
They took breaks for skates and tennis shoes.
They have walked now for many a mile.
Those boots retired while still in style.
Those boots never really seemed to wear or grow old.
They are sill walking now on streets of gold.
Those boots are the kind I want to get.
The question is: Will they fit?
Your dad will truly be in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne, Etch, Peggy and the Andrajack Family: My thoughts and love go out to you all during this difficult time. May you have many memories of the wonderful times your family shared with Ed.
Dear Anne & Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed was such a great example of husband, father, friend. We'll always remember the friendship and compassion he showed our dad and family, while Ed would come to visit dad in the nursing home. What a great sense of humor, too; he will be remembered & missed dearly.
The Cisek Family