Member Since: 5/5/09
My grandfather flew 35 bombing missions as the pilot of a B-17. Went on to be a Harlem fireman. Busted his ass til his death at 92.
He loved his wife more than any man I have seen love a woman.
She died about 10 years before he did.
He was broken.
My family still needed him. His children did.
He kept fighting despite being broken
He never drank. My mother would ply him with alcohol to “relax” and have a drink. He never would save a couple times he had a glass of red.
He could have drank his pain away. He didnt. He continued to set an example for the scores of younger men under his patriarchy.
A true tough guy is not an angry agressive ass kicker. He is humble, has a big heart, can control his emotions, leads with love by example, is open with his fears, is tough mentally and physically without showing it to the world, and doesnt succumb to chemicals to bury his pain and emotions.
I wanted to share and see the OG’s opinions.