The main reason I joined Toastmasters International was so I could better speak to an audience while discussing an emotional subject. Most of the time I speak it's on an emotional subject and I have a hard time doing it without getting all choked up. The following is a portion of last nights speech titled Father Time.
My Dad, Lee Timm, had a love of time pieces. In our home setting and resetting the clocks for daylight savings time was quite a chore.
At first my dad’s obsession for time pieces was related mostly to mantel clocks and all sorts of watches. As time went on he became very focused on pocket watches, especially railroad watches.
Like most collectors the longer he collected the more he focused on the best and flawless pieces for his collection. At the time of his death I believe he had 50 to 100 pieces.
When my father died he was sitting in his favorite chair in the living room with his wife, Eileen. An excited look came over his face and with joy and amazement he pointed to nothing in front of him and said “Look Eileen! I can see the seconds going by!”.
My father died of cancer about 20 years ago. He was in a hospice program so he got to die peacefully in his own home. I was glad to hear that he died peacefully and with positive excitement.