Working With Dad
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
Deirdre Webber(ph) of Potosi, Wisconsin, told us about working for her father, running trout lines for his commercial fishing business. She was a rising high school freshman who barely weighed 80 pounds.
NORRIS: What weight?
W: This fish was 45 pounds and to me, looked bigger than I was. It was awesome. Deirdre goes on to say she has been devoted to the Upper Mississippi ever since, and is really good at baiting hooks - a trait that was very attractive to the man she eventually married.
NORRIS: I was sent to work in the onsite lumberyard, helping prep wood-framing packages, she says. The job paid well, but the hours were brutal. Each morning, I would wake up at 6 a.m., put on my dirt-, sweat- and wood-glue-stained T- shirt and matching jeans, pack a lunch, and hop in the pickup with my dad.
: I feel just as honored to have worn his hard hat for one summer as he probably felt seeing his oldest daughter, and first in the family, put on a graduation cap four years later.
: A summer job also gave Kathleen Basi of Columbia, Missouri, a new perspective on her dad. He was the father of four girls - living in a house with one bathroom, by the way. And when Kathleen was a young girl, she thought he was kind of gruff. Here she is with her story.
NORRIS: That summer, I learned how important it was not to let down the ones you love. I learned that what I thought was the limit of my endurance was in fact, only the beginning. I learned grace in the face of crashing odds, and I learned that sometimes, love and work are the same thing.
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: That's Kathleen Basi of Columbia, Missouri, talking about the summer she worked with her father, who she now regards as just a big old teddy bear.
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