Evelyn and John Grau, married 73 years
A Tribute to My Dad
by Win Sweet
When I was growing up, my Dad laughed a lot. At the dining or picnic table,
in the car, around a campfire, he would suddenly start laughing. Everyone
wondered why, "What was so funny?" He never stopped laughing to tell us. He
just kept laughing. Soon everyone else was laughing, too. We'd look at each
other, the eye contact saying, "This is crazy," and we'd laugh harder. When
the laughter finally died down, we wiped away our laughing tears, and did we
We never did find out what was so funny, but we sure enjoyed the laughing
interlude. Sometimes my brother and I would have visiting friends when Dad
would suddenly start laughing. I'm sure they thought we had a crazy,
wonderful Dad, and they laughed and had fun right along with us.
I give my dear Dad a special salute at this Father's Day time. But it cannot
be complete without also paying tribute to my Mom. What is that old saying?
"Behind every great man there is a great woman." This I know for sure: Beside
my laughing Dad there's always been a precious, sweet Mom.