Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Indiana Jones


Calvin Clay Boykin, Jr.

October 23, 2008 was a bitter-sweet day for me. My father left us for his next big adventure... and to join my mother who passed away just four months earlier.

My father was my "Indiana Jones". He was a man of adventure and a man with the best will to do right. He was a fine Christian, not in word so much, but in action. He traveled the world, most of the time with my mother. They were married to adventure and did their part in uniting mankind for the good of peace and understanding. A young soldier in World War II, he served bravely and later became a historian for as many of the men he had served with and admired. He was an author of many articles and books, he helped many to understand what war was about and how war most of time defined a person's character.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to many. Even the postman shed tears upon learning of my father's passing.

It is hard to write more about my father. He would be so embarrassed. Just know that 365 days ago this world lost one of the finest men God placed on this earth.

My father told his doctor as he received a report of bad news from him, "I've lived a good life, had a good wife, had a good family, done more than I ever thought I would... and then some." My father was forever saying, "Just keep putting one foot in front of the other."

I'm doing just as you taught me, Daddy. I love you.

7 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a loving and wonderful tribute to your father. He sounds like such a wonderful man. I know you miss him deeply. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Joyce said...

I am reading between the lines and reading the love you have for your Dad. A lovely tribute and nice to keep his memory alive.
Joyce

Laura said...

Oh Karen-
This is beautifully written.
It is absolutely beautiful.

Laura

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a neat, neat man.

Deb said...

great tribute to your Dad...you are a lucky girl...

Michelle said...

Oh Karen, I am so very sorry. Your Dad sounds like such a wonderful person and so handsome too.

I lost my Dad 5 yrs ago and I still miss him every day.

Again so sorry.

Jo Anne said...

Since Karen's father was my brother, I can vouch for everything she said as being the truth.

I will miss him every day of my life and feel the same way about her mother as well.