Last November 11th, I wrote a special post about the father figures in my life and their service in armed forces. Again, I remember all those who served or gave their lives so that my family and I could live in freedom.
My father, Frank Gable, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1946-1950 and in the United States Army from 1950-1954. However, November 11th has always held a special place in my heart because it is my father’s birthday. Today he would’ve been 82. He died suddenly and tragically at the age of 49, just before my 19th birthday. My family and I walked around in shock, trying to get through the days following his death.
Today, in a special way, I remember my father. Frank Gable was short in stature (around five feet six inches tall), enjoyed watching “Gomer Pyle,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and the “Honeymooners.” He loved playing Rummy and Monopoly. His favorite candy was Hershey’s Kisses. He had aspirations of being an author and, at the time of his death, he had two novels in progress. Over the years, he worked as a clerk and mailman. Years ago, my mom shared with me that he is the one who named me. And, when I was 15 or 16, he used to hug me and say, “El, you need to find a guy just about my size because you fit perfectly to me when we hug.”
For Christians, the consolation is that we will see our loved ones again.
I know that I will see my dad again someday. Until then…Happy Birthday, Dad. Remembering you in a special way today.
copyright 2010 Ellen Gable Hrkach