The older I get, the more I realize how much of my approach to life and determination is inherited from my Maternal Grandfather, William Charles BARWICK!:)
We grew up calling Willie C. “E”. He was a man’s man — muscular, strong, naturally athletic! He had muscles long before we had gyms and to this day is still the most impeccably dressed man I’ve ever known.
E believed in defining his own destiny, which given his VERY humble upbringing and the challenging social climate he was born into is a feat in itself! He wrote his own rules; an entrepreneur is EVERY sense of the word. Charming as all get out, loyal to family and possessing a heart of gold.
Willie C. rose with the Sun — nobody lingered in the bed in my Grandparents house!:)
I can still see him now in the kitchen — pot of oatmeal on the stove and toast with tiny slivers of butter in the oven , coffee cup in one hand, Cincinnati Inquirer newspaper in the other, cigarette dangling from his lip.
E never stopped pushing. Never stopped believing. Never stopped working to make life better for himself and those he loved.
Life loving and adventure seeking, my Grandfather never allowed ANYTHING to determine what he was capable of accomplishing, and expected his children and grands to follow suit.
As I sit here this morning taking in the Angels whose strength I still call on to keep me going, I realize now, my Granddaddy was remarkable!
My guy… The Superintendent. Thank you!:)
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