This was my Dad . . . legally my "step-father" . . . when he graduated
from high school in the 1930's at Walla Walla High School
(yep, Walla Walla, Washington). I choose this photo
because it's also graduation season for many
high school students right now (yo
Eric Von Eggers in
I also choose this photo because it shows what a promising
young man he was--with dreams, like all of us!
I lost my wonderful Dad when he was
only 54 years young (I'm almost
57 now) of a rare form of
cancer. I still can't
believe he is
There is a BEAUTIFUL story of how he fell in love with my Mom.
He worked at the Walla Walla Union Bulletin as a printer.
Each day, he'd go to a local cafe--just across the
alley from the newspaper--to have lunch.
LaNell (my Mom), was a waitress who
he quickly fell head-over-heels
in love with. They were
Mom had four of children (but my brother John was forced by the court
to stay with our paternal father--long story), but Robert J.
took the three of us on as his own when he married
the beautiful Rosa LaNell. Good thing he
had no idea what he was in for!!
I honestly never recall
thinking he was
On this eve of Father's Day, I celebrate my legal "step-father", but
truly my only REAL father: Robert J. Pudwill (tough
name to grow up with . . . "Puddy" to most of my
friends . . . and, if you call me that,
prepare to die! ;o)
Dad gave me a belief in my intellect. He gave me a sense
of true confidence I doubt I would have had without
him. He gave me a role model for a mate
who would be a gentleman. He
gave me a real understanding
of what it would be like
to take on someone
I had NO IDEA at the time of the sacrifices he made for
all of us . . . and the total love and devotion he
had for my mother astonishes me to this
day! I've never seen such a close
relationship since he and
my Mom were
This is my loving tribute to my Father . . . Happy Father's, Dad!!!
"Rotsy-totsy-ra-ta-ta . . . boom-boom, boom-boom
your daughter, Deborah Kaye
a.k.a. "Chubby", "Effy", "Best-Kept-Secret-in-the-Neighborhood"
. . . wish you could see me now!!!