Writing Challenge: day 19

Hawaii 1954

My Dad with his first car in 1954

Now I’m working on Day 4 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. Day 4’s email is about “Creating Authentic Ancestors” or character development. I learned I need to get to know my Dad better and the kind of person he was before I came around. They are coming down for Father’s Day so I can ask him some more questions, but I thought I’d see what kind of list I could come up with today. I’m not sure what he would think of this list. I think I’ll ask him to make a list of his own to describe himself when he was 24.

Description:

24 years old

6 feet 4 inches tall

Lean

Strong

Tan

Crew-cut

Sailor for 8 years

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Diver

Dark Reddish brown hair

Hard worker

Leadership (don’t ask someone to do something you aren’t willing to do)

Fear of heights

Heavy eyebrows

Brown eyes

Quick smile

Helping hand

Caring

All around good guy

Healthy

Shrapnel in his shoulder

Loves SCUBA

Claustrophobic?

High school drop out

Alcoholic father (a mean drunk)

Shy with women

Brave in service to others

Willing to try new things

Good with mechanical things

Strong swimmer

Reliable

Dependable

Casual

Dry humor

Tease

Self deprecating

Athletic

Willing to learn

Willing to change

Dyslexic

Struggled in school

Thought he was dumb

 

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