James Foree my Dad
One of the most important and influential people in my life has been my father. He’s been in the spirit realm watching over me for nearly twenty years now and the lessons I learned from him still linger today.
I can still hear him saying to me, “Kathy if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” He was a person that took pride in his work doing each aspect of a project with purpose. My father born in 1928 only made it through the 6th grade. He was the coolest person I’ve ever met and was an amazing storyteller. Having the gift of gab he never met a stranger and never let his lack of education stop him from success.
I attribute my solid work ethic to this one statement. This one sentence set me on the path I’m on today.
Joe and Mary Coleman Wedding Day January 19, 1952
Every couple has a story on how they first met. My Mother and Father-in-Law’s story set the stage for their marriage of over 59 years. It was the early 1950’s and the local hot spot on a Saturday night for teenagers was the Dance hall. Wang Chang in their song “Dance Hall Days” Really capture to flavor of the era.
Dad was hanging out the local Dance Hall in Kansas City with his best friend Bob. To make a quick buck they would bet local patrons that Joe(Dad) could stand on his head. Here is a classic never judge a book by its cover moment! To the regular “Joe ” in the dance hall they would take one look at Dad and think this will be easy money in my pocket. Dad walked with a cane and had braces on both legs. He had Polio as a small child and his mother being the strong-willed Irish woman that she was didn’t let him do anything the easy way. His classes at school were on the third floor and the Nuns wanted to change all his classes to the first floor so he wouldn’t have to walk up all the steps. Grandma Coleman said, “No, if his classes are on the third floor, then he’ll go up the stairs.”
Anyway, back to the dance hall.. so Dad and Bob were taking bets that Dad could stand on his head. So now Dad is standing on his head in the corner of the dance hall and in walks Mom with her girlfriend. Her friend happens to know Joe and introduces them later in the evening. Mom was immediately enamoured with Dad’s charming easy-going personality. They danced the rest of the evening!