My Happiest Memory

My Happiest Memory

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Thought you could use some Happy Memories today. I saved this ‘Poem’ that you wrote. Did you get my postcard of snow in the Montana mountains? Try to remember the good times. Love, Dottie

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MY HAPPIEST MEMORY


© November 2013 Written by David Wicker
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With winter finally coming on, I thought I would share with you one of the happiest stories and memories I have ever had with my Dad.

Yes, it is especially with the holidays that you notice the absence of your loved ones and I am no different than you. I " miss them " terribly. And sometimes being reminded of the happier times with those who are no longer with us does help.

My Step-Mother had sent me a copy of what I wrote that I was to speak at the Memorial service for my Father who passed away a few years ago.

I don’t think " anyone was really prepared for the event, and because the memorial service was done rather hurriedly, it was never actually spoken during the service.

She Emailed me this so I’d like to share it with you now as it truly is today one of my happiest memories.

Thought you could use some Happy Memories today.

I saved this ‘Poem’ that you wrote. Did you get my postcard of snow in the Montana mountains?  Try to remember the good times.

Love, Dottie


The message is as follows and was what I wanted to have spoken at the Memorial Service I attended but because there was confusion as to the arrangements, it never was:



One of the happiest memories I’ve had alone with my Dad was when I was 10 years old and when Dad first bought the T.R.S. 80 computer around Christmas time.

I was already interested in LED calculators, and Dad dropped the bomb and bought a real computer for all of us to play with.

Now there was one day when Emma, my sister, 14, was having a sleepover with Melanie I believe and one program, both me and Dad spent serious time on in her absence was one that put the words of Robert Frost on the screen and random dots around it to signify snow.

I read the code from a long wide-angled book for beginning programmers of T.R.S. 80, and Dad typed out what I read out loud.

When we finally ran it bug free, it did indeed put the poem on the screen, pausing for a bit between paragraphs to plot random “snow” dots. Then both me and Dad were anxiously looking at the screen.


 
The words were:




“Whose woods these are I think I know - his house is in the village, though.
He will not see me stopping here - to watch his wood fill up with snow.”

“My little horse must think it queer - to stop without a farmhouse near.
Between the woods and frozen lake - the darkest evening of the year.”

“He gives his harness bells a shake - to ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep - of easy wind and downy flake.”

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep - but I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep - and miles to go before I sleep …”




After we read this, Dad then got up from his chair, turned off =ALL= the lights in the house and went back to where the display and me were, smiled, and we watched blocky pixeled snow fill up the screen, it was on its last routine in an infinite loop, and the only light in the house now.


After several minutes of silence in watching this, Dad took his hand in mine, and told me a story like we were at a campfire, of the snow he grew up with, how deep and big it was, and how he carried cords of heavy firewood for his own Father in foot-thick snow at sub-zero temperatures.

He then gave me a big long hug, and turned back on the lights. I watched the screen a little longer, and then I vowed on that day that Snow and Snowflakes were indeed the most magical thing in all the world ...








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it was a very tranqual, quiet, and yet warm memory. I could feel it believe me as if I were you, I do feel sorry for anyone who is bereaved; including you. he may rest in heaven. I do like his characteristics, he seemed more as an ideal father. thanks alot for sharing this, and you are right I also believe snow and snowflakes are among the most magical things that are as pure as they should be from heaven itself. thanks again.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

He had faults - all humans do. But I have to give him a firm handshake and sincere pat on the back f.. read more
Baban.A.A

6 Years Ago

I never knew beyond such an interesting, lovely, beloved, kind, generous,+ all the good adjectives p.. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

I have a few more definite and certain sufferings I will need to face in time. Perhaps 5-10 years fr.. read more



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This is moving. How I wish I had a dad like that. :(

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Prime

6 Years Ago

Haha. Nevermind. Long story. :D
dw817

6 Years Ago

Well OK, maybe you'll let me know sometime ? I tell myself I'm in a terrible place without my Dad an.. read more
Prime

6 Years Ago

We'll see. ^^
Thank you for sharing us this personal piece. It was very moving and heartbreaking. Really.

But I don't know your name yet. And your age. And your living. Ugh. Please tell me more about who you are. :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

Thanks but - I have a degenerative disease, similar to Kallman's syndrome, more related to Anageria,.. read more
Azure Montessa (Blue)

6 Years Ago

Ohh, David... I don't know what to respond. But thank you so much for telling this to me. Yes, of co.. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

Schoolwork is considerably more important. As someone once mentioned, you take life with a slice of .. read more
I feel the big soul in this short story. A good father is always a giver, of life, of wisdom and of happiness and good son, who cherishes every memory...:)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

Thanks, Avinash. I dreamed about him again last night. And it rapidly turned into a nightmare. Runni.. read more
Cute story bro. I don't know what my fondest fatherly memories are. I'd have to think about it a spell.

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dw817

6 Years Ago

With all love and respect to you, Big Brother, I would have to say that your Father was more strict .. read more
It's no wonder you know so much about computers...I totally grew up without one.
I was born in Colorado, but haven't seen real snow in years...sounds beautiful...

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

Well now, Marie, Colorado was the =VERY= place I wanted to go - because of the snow. Aren't you surr.. read more
Marie

6 Years Ago

I live in San Antonio, Texas now. We have maybe one week of winter every year.
dw817

6 Years Ago

Oh, you were born in Colorado. OK, I see. Yes, San Antonio is rather warm. :)
it was a very tranqual, quiet, and yet warm memory. I could feel it believe me as if I were you, I do feel sorry for anyone who is bereaved; including you. he may rest in heaven. I do like his characteristics, he seemed more as an ideal father. thanks alot for sharing this, and you are right I also believe snow and snowflakes are among the most magical things that are as pure as they should be from heaven itself. thanks again.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

He had faults - all humans do. But I have to give him a firm handshake and sincere pat on the back f.. read more
Baban.A.A

6 Years Ago

I never knew beyond such an interesting, lovely, beloved, kind, generous,+ all the good adjectives p.. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

I have a few more definite and certain sufferings I will need to face in time. Perhaps 5-10 years fr.. read more
David, thank you so much for sharing this memory with us all. It sounds to me you were blessed with wonderful father. A campfire story of extraordinary beauty.

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Pryde Foltz

6 Years Ago

Hahahahahahahaha. There's still time.
dw817

6 Years Ago

My firehose is too small. :D
Pryde Foltz

6 Years Ago

Okeydokey..............
What a wonderful memory.. and it is tech to boot. I remember the TRS80 I never had one, I was a poor college student when they came out, but I spent time with a friend and eventually got a Commodore. not the 64, but the one before that.

Have you ever spent time in the snow? I think everyone should. I took my second daughter to Lake Tahoe for a weekend for her birthday. She and her friends got to ride a toboggan and make a snowman. It's a fond memory for me, and I hope for her as well.

Posted 6 Years Ago


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dw817

6 Years Ago

Now Mark, you are familiar with the Polar Bears Club ?
http://bit.ly/xNIPKX
http://bit.l.. read more
Mark

6 Years Ago

ya... and they come out shivering and in need of heat trust me. I've been there :P
Mark

6 Years Ago

and never knew any polar bear club member to fall asleep in it !!! :P
Thank you for sharing this! I can see it's a very intimate memory, and it was a pleasure reading!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

dw817

6 Years Ago

Ah, those were the days, good ol' DOS games. Man I know there's a few today I sure would like to pla.. read more
Danny Warner

6 Years Ago

Maybe those are better left as memories) I've noticed this thing about games, if you run an old game.. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

I doubt it would be so with me. If someone were to ask me what my favorite game for Windows is I wou.. read more
This is a lovely little write David -- I love all the pictures. An amazing write, well done.

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Danny Warner

6 Years Ago

That already sounds too complicated)
I think I'd better stick to words) I believe with enough.. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

It's really a lot easier than you think. Here's a silly game for an early BASIC,

input".. read more
dw817

6 Years Ago

Woop, my first error. Change the 2nd print to input. :D Part of the fun of programming is learning t.. read more

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