P is for the Patriarch

Perhaps most people have one father-figure to look up to, admire, and count on in their life. I certainly had that and more with my dad. He was everything. Yet, he was not alone. I had and still have several uncles who can claim honored patriarch status. They each have had unique upbringings, education, careers, and challenges. Their fix-it skill sets, opinions, and habits contributed to the diversity. They each had one value that took priority over everything else. They were family men, meaning the care and welfare of their family took precedence. Parents were revered and respected, wives were truly loved and valued, and children were prized. My dad and uncles were hands-on daddys before it was fashionable. Quality time with family was valued. They made home safe and comfortable and they made the fun happen. Fear did not rule their households. Love and kindness shined through in all of their expectations and decisions.

I can go on and on bragging about the patriarchs I had known and loved. I was blessed with a long line of family men. My dad takes top honors and a long line of favorite uncles follow close by.

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

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The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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    1. Thank you for reading. I have had such wonderful men in my life whose first priority was family and daddy-hood. They do exist.

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