Happy Day-After Fathers Day to you all. Fathers Day is the one day of the year we set aside to celebrate all that our fathers are and all that they have done for us. Of course in doing so, they are generally asked to work all day preparing and cooking the food we are going to host them with.
My father is still alive and living in Arizona. I was fortunate enough to be able to fly out to Phoenix, after instructing at a photographic workshop in Illinois, and get to spend time with him and my sister with her family. I actually got the “honor” of taking him to his favorite breakfast spot, Cracker Barrel. It is always an experience when you go there but even more so to transverse the crowds of families with the same thought of celebrating father’s day.
My father was born and raised in Rome, GA where his father, Clyde Bernard Keim, taught music at Berry College, for over 30 years, spearheading the boys music program. Dad spent his early years getting into all kinds of mischief with his four brothers and three sisters while living on campus. It appears that one of his favorite places to frolic was the big water wheel at the old mill. The old mill, which was originally built in 1930, lays claim to having one of the largest wooden overshot waterwheels at 42 feet in diameter. Dad always boasts about “riding the wheel” many times as a kid … always barefoot. On a recent trip back from Atlanta I took a side trip and stopped by Berry College to visit the campus and photograph some of the “memories” Dad continually references.
Berry College is named after Ms. Martha Berry and hosted such incredible visitors as Henry Ford, a benefactor of the college and President Theodore Roosevelt. My Grandfather is one of the few professors to have the honor to be buried on the campus next to the Berry College Chapel. Berry is known for being one of the best Liberal Arts colleges in the United States and is one of the prettiest campuses I have had the pleasure to visit. (http://www.berry.edu/)
I never tire of hearing the stories told by my father of his childhood days at Berry and he never tires of “expanding” on them. Happy Fathers Day Dad and to all of you Dads!
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~ dK ~