Things can be quite brutal if there isn't teamwork and collaboration. They threatened his life on a daily basis and told him to give up his fight against the union or he and his family would suffer the consequences.
He reached down, picked her up, and carried her in his arms, the way a husband would carry his bride across the threshold. I estimate I was a little less than 8 years old.
Growing up he always said, find something that you love to do. And, although his death was tragic, I think he was ready for it.
Work was important to my dad and he instilled that same ethic in me. By any chance, are you related to Dick Beaman? I wanted to go to Disneyland with the rest of the kids, but the best place for us was out in nature and my dad knew it.He helped my grandmother, a single mom, raise his younger brother and sisters. Instead he got angry, withdrew, and stopped speaking with me. There are several people who could fit into these categories in our lives, people who were dedicated to making a difference in the lives around them. He would take gallons of that high-octane stuff up to the courthouse and share it with his co-workers. But I've never had to look elsewhere for inspiration. But, my dad stood his ground. It's nothing short of miraculous. The only time we moved when I was growing up, was when my dad moved us into a larger home than the one we were living in. So when I started my company nearly two years ago, I didn't expect my father to be selling his yet again. As President of the he-man-woman-haters club, his annual superbowl party came with a list of rules. My father was my mentor and my hero. A few of them wanted to shake my hand. He took two steps away from the big guy, balled his huge hands into fists, and took a fighting stance. It was a series of strokes, about eight or nine, in a row, that finally stopped him in his tracks.