A Father’s Legacy: His Life Story in “Our” Own Words ? (Part 7)

SOME FUN ODDS AND ENDS (This ARTICLE is the 7th in a series)

by Kevin Stoda


Ron, “Can you remember being afraid as a boy? What was your greatest fear?  How did you deal with it?”   Dad replied to this query in his journal, “Yes, Snakes…very difficult.”

KEVIN: When I read this, I had to bust a gut laughing as some 35-plus years ago, Dad, my brother and I went to see the movie RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, –and as most of you know, the protagonist (Indiana Jones), was intensely afraid of snakes, too.

Both my wife and daughter are afraid of snakes–they were both born in the Philippines, where (1) most Filipinos have a great fear and loathing of snakes, too.  In fact, there are cobras and a great many different variety of snakes there. However, when I think about it, there are not nearly as many poisonous snakes in northern Illinois and Wisconsin–where my dad is from.  Whence comes our fears?

Ron, “Did you go to ball games as a boy?  What kind of food did you eat?”  Dad responded succinctly, “Yes, popcorn & hot dogs…. first game… Pittsburg Pirates, June 1947.”

KEVIN:  As a child, we would often eat popcorn as a Sunday night dinner at our home growing up.  Popcorn and ice cream were on the tables at Stoda homes all across the Midwest.  (We had the same at Granny Stoda’s house many of times.)

What are family eating traditions in your home?

What are your fears?  Are their family ones?


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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