God has truly blessed me, far more than many folks. It all began in Huntington, West Virginia. Imagine having your own daddy as your teacher. For the first five years in a one-room school with others from first to sixth grade. What he taught me still lives with me today. Arithmetic, (what you call math), spelling, and penmanship. Still, today when people see my signature, they say “you write like a girl”. I am proud of my penmanship, and the math I can do in my head without a calculator. he even named me Dan Dee after Dan Dee Potatoe Chips.
One last thing about him, he made me take two years of typing from Miss Blake. I did not like him initially for that, then over the years, I realize my daddy had something in mind for me. I have used that two years of typing to experience four years in the Navy at sea off the coast of Viet Nam in radio central, radio dispatcher for Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department, Littleton, Colorado, and thus far 41 years filling out listing forms and writing purchase agreements, and hundreds of real estate documents.
I still remember my dad's memorial service, after teaching for 40 years, more than 500 people came to pay their respects. I have the book where they signed their name, you could tell by the writing who had my dad as a teacher.
God has bless me when I was able to return home to be with my mother, after six months in the combat zone on a destroyer. My feelings are unbelievable to that I am blessed with a son, my granddaughters, and my great-granddaughter, and my wonderful wife of 43 years.
One of the most heartwarming and special events, was the creation of THE PUMPKIN PARADE where we purchased 20,000 pumpkins to give away in the World’s Largest Residential Pumpkin Parade, even flying in four TV stations helicopters to four valley hospitals to give each child a pumpkin in the four valley hospitals.
Continuing my 41 years as a Realtor is so much fun, representing over 850 famile teaching renewal credit hour classes to real estate agents, and publishing two books: MYTHS AND REALITIES OF REAL ESTATE SALES, and THE FORGOTTEN ART.
I really believe we will see peace or at least far less arguing with each other in this great country we live in. Folks… Life is far too short for this to be happening.
He continues to let me live…when so many (much younger than myself) classmates, shipmates, friends, and family have passed on.
I hope your day is as great as mine