Pat Shingleton: "No Sunset in Barrow and Memories..."
Springtime has been with us for 93 days. We've experienced a balance of lingering springtime and a taste of summer. Saturday will be the longest day of the year, marking the official start of the summer solstice. At 4:44 PM, Saturday, baton Rouge time, the sun will be positioned at its furthest northern point directly overhead at Noon. Elsewhere, the warmest part of the day is after noon when the sun is highest in the sky. Additional heat kicks-in due to the lag-time required for the ground and water to heat-up. North of the Arctic Circle there’s continuous sunshine for 24 hours. Sunset in Barrow, Alaska won't occur until August 3rd. Along the U.S.-Canadian border the sun appears for 16.25 hours and 14 hours, 46 minutes and 6 seconds in Baton Rouge. From a change of seasons to memories of a great Dad. I remember his "uniform;" short-sleeved shirt, bow tie, and his rolled-up dress hat that resembled "Popeye" Doyle from the movie, "The French Connection." His job involved both the hot and the cold. Going from the chill of the outdoors to the warmth of Krogers, then to the freezing temperatures of a walk-in cooler. He could take a side of beef, schlep it onto his shoulder, toss it onto a butcher-block table; cut it, grind it and have it into the meat case by days end. The drippings from that table, mixed with sawdust, would cling to his boots. Arriving home, with an armful of groceries, a regiment of neighborhood dogs would lap at those boots. He had hands the size of a "meat cleaver," but those scarred hands were also able to hold a baseball bat for "pepper" with his kids in the backyard. In his final years he was able to consistently "shoot-his-age" in golf, bowling in the winter months and gardening in spring and summer. Those same hands guided us in prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating and sleep. The Angels collected you in 2006. Happy Father's Day, and to all Dad's. Enjoy the day.
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