From a 1959 High School Yearbook

The last photo of my father who passed in 1973 at the age of 56.

He thought for a moment
and wrote
on a blank space
inside the front cover

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

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

Written by my father Domenico in my Lafayette High School yearbook, class of ’59.  He was wiser than I ever knew.

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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4 Responses to From a 1959 High School Yearbook

  1. beetleypete says:

    He wrote with the wisdom of a hard life, and caring for his family. A good man indeed, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. toritto says:

    You up late tonight. Pete? Midnight in Beetley?



  3. jennasnanny04 says:

    Frank, that is a VERY beautiful, wise statement. He must’ve been a very special man. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jennie says:

    These are beautiful words, Frank. Your father was wise.

    Liked by 1 person

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