Notes from My Father


Lafayette High School – Brooklyn

He thought for a moment
and wrote on a blank space
inside the front cover
of my high school year book

“May your days be filled
with happiness
with just a moment of sorrow
so you know the difference”

Scrawled by the calloused hand
of a working man
blessed and cursed
by life’s vicissitudes

May 22, 1959




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Notes from My Father

  1. What a smart thing to say! Perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. toritto says:

    Hi Sarah – pretty deep for an immigrant construction worker with an 8th grade education.

    Regards from Florida.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beetleypete says:

    Wise words from a kind and thoughtful man who understood the world, Frank.
    A note to treasure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. jfwknifton says:

    A working man but a very wise one.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wisdom is a beautiful thing.


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