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  My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinking and cursing the day of his audition and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

  Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city" would ring throughout the house. One of Dad's favorite hymns was "The Old Rugged Cross". We learned the words to the hymn when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

  Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

  I joined the United States Air Force in January of 1962. Whenever I would come home on leave, I would ask Dad to play the mandolin. Nobody played the mandolin like my father. He could touch your soul with the tones that came out of that old mandolin. He seemed to shine when he was playing. You could see his pride in his ability to play so well for his family.

  When Dad was younger, he worked for his father on the farm. His father was a farmer and sharecropped a farm for the man who owned the property. In 1950, our family moved from the farm. Dad had gained employment at the local limestone quarry. When the quarry closed in August of 1957, he had to seek other employment. He worked for Owens Yacht Company in Dundalk, Maryland and for Todd Steel in Point of Rocks, Maryland. While working at Todd Steel, he was involved in an accident. His job was to roll angle iron onto a conveyor so that the welders farther up the production line would have it to complete their job. On this particular day Dad got the third index finger of his left hand mashed between two pieces of steel. The doctor who operated on the finger could not save it, and Dad ended up having the tip of the finger amputated. He didn't lose enough of the finger where it would stop him picking up anything, but it did impact his ability to play the mandolin.

  After the accident, Dad was reluctant to play the mandolin. He felt that he could not play as well as he had before the accident. When I came home on leave and asked him to play he would make excuses for why he couldn't play. Eventually, we would wear him down and he would say "Okay, but remember, I can't hold down on the strings the way I used to" or "Since the accident to this finger I can't play as good". For the family it didn't make any difference that Dad couldn't play as well. We were just glad that he would play. When he played the old mandolin it would carry us back to a cheerful, happier time in our lives. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", would again be heard in the little town of Bakerton, West Virginia.

  In August of 1993 my father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He chose not to receive chemotherapy treatments so that he could live out the rest of his life in dignity. About a week before his death, we asked Dad if he would play the mandolin for us. He made excuses but said "okay". He knew it would probably be the last time he would play for us. He tuned up the old mandolin and played a few notes. When I looked around, there was not a dry eye in the family. We saw before us a quiet humble man with an inner strength that comes from knowing God, and living with him in one's life. Dad would never play the mandolin for us again. We felt at the time that he wouldn't have enough strength to play, and that makes the memory of that day even stronger. Dad was doing something he had done all his life, giving. As sick as he was, he was still pleasing others. Dad sure could play that Mandolin!

  我(wo)父親是個自學成才的曼陀林(lin)琴手,他是我(wo)們鎮(zhen)最優秀的弦樂演(yan)奏者之(zhi)一(yi)。他看不懂(dong)樂譜,但是如果听(ting)幾fu)ci)曲子,他就能演(yan)奏出來。當(dang)他年輕(qing)一(yi)點的時候,他是一(yi)個小鄉村(cun)樂隊(dui)的成員。他們在當(dang)地舞廳演(yan)奏,有幾fu)ci)還為當(dang)地廣播電台演(yan)奏。他經常告訴我(wo)們,自己如何試演(yan),如何在佩(pei)茜?克萊恩作為主(zhu)唱的樂隊(dui)里佔一(yi)席(xi)之(zhi)位。他告訴家人(ren),一(yi)旦(dan)被聘用就永不回頭。父親是一(yi)個很嚴謹的人(ren),他講述了他試演(yan)的那天,很多人(ren)在喝酒(jiu),咒罵,他不想呆在那種zhi)肪忱鎩

  有時候,父親會拿出曼陀林(lin),為家人(ren)彈奏。我(wo)們三個小孩(hai)︰翠莎(sha)、蒙蒂和我(wo),還有喬(qiao)治(zhi)通常會伴唱。唱的有︰《田(tian)納西華爾(er)茲》和《海(hai)港之(zhi)光》,到了聖(sheng)誕節(jie),就唱膾(kuai)炙人(ren)口(kou)的《銀鈴》︰"銀鈴,銀鈴,城里來了聖(sheng)誕節(jie)。"歌聲充滿(man)了整個房子。父親最愛的其中一(yi)首贊歌是《古老的十字架》。我(wo)們很小的時候就學會歌詞了,而且在父親彈唱的時候,我(wo)們也跟著唱。我(wo)們經常一(yi)起(qi)唱的另外(wai)一(yi)首歌來自沃特?迪斯尼的系列片︰《戴維?克羅克特》。父親只(zhi)要听(ting)了兩遍就彈起(qi)來了,"戴維,戴維?克羅克特,荒野邊(bian)疆的國王(wang)。"那是我(wo)們家最喜歡的歌曲。他知(zhi)道我(wo)們喜歡那首歌和那個節(jie)目,所以每次(ci)節(jie)目結束後,他就拿出曼陀林(lin)彈奏。我(wo)永遠不能明白(bai)他如何能听(ting)完(wan)幾遍後就能把一(yi)首曲子彈得(de)那麼好。我(wo)熱(re)愛唱歌,但我(wo)沒有學會如何彈奏曼陀林(lin),這是我(wo)遺憾至今的事情。

  父親喜歡為家人(ren)彈奏曼陀林(lin),他知(zhi)道我(wo)們喜歡唱歌,喜歡听(ting)他彈奏。他就是那樣,如果他能把快樂奉(feng)獻給別人(ren),他從不吝嗇,尤其是對他的家人(ren)。他總是那樣,犧(xi)牲自己的時間和精力(li)讓(rang)家人(ren)生活得(de)滿(man)足。父親的這種付出是只(zhi)有當(dang)我(wo)長大成人(ren),而且是有了自己的孩(hai)子後才能體會到的。

  我(wo)在1962年1月加入了美國空軍基地。每當(dang)我(wo)休假(jia)回家,我(wo)都請(qing)求父親彈奏曼陀林(lin)。沒有人(ren)彈奏曼陀林(lin)能達到像我(wo)父親那樣的境界(jie),他在那古老的曼陀林(lin)上撫出的旋律能夠觸及你的靈魂。他彈奏的時候,身上似乎能發(fa)出四射的光芒。你可以看出,父親為能給家人(ren)彈奏出如此美妙的旋律,他是多麼的自豪(hao)。

  父親年輕(qing)的時候,曾在農場為爺爺工作。爺爺是農場使用者,要向農場所有人(ren)交納谷(gu)物抵(di)租。1950年,我(wo)們全家搬(ban)離農場,父親在當(dang)地石(shi)灰石(shi)采(cai)石(shi)場謀得(de)職位。采(cai)石(shi)場在1957年倒(dao)閉,他只(zhi)好另覓工作。他曾在馬(ma)里蘭州登多克的歐fei)乃褂you)艇公司上班(ban),還在馬(ma)里蘭州的洛斯的托德鋼鐵公司上過班(ban)。在托德鋼鐵公司上班(ban)期間,他遇(yu)到了意外(wai)。他的工作是把有稜角的鐵滾到搬(ban)運台上,這樣焊(han)接(jie)工才能作進一(yi)步加工來完(wan)成整個工序。在那個特殊的日子里,父親的

  左手第(di)三個手指被纏在兩片鋼鐵中。醫生對手指施手術,但未能保住那只(zhi)手指,最後父親只(zhi)好讓(rang)醫生把那手指的指尖(jian)給切除了。那個手指並沒有完(wan)全喪失拿東(dong)西的能力(li),但是卻(que)影響了他彈奏曼陀林(lin)的能力(li)。

  事故後,父親不太願意彈奏曼陀林(lin)了,他覺得(de)再也不能像以前彈得(de)那麼好了。我(wo)休假(jia)回家請(qing)求他彈奏曼陀林(lin),他以種種借(jie)口(kou)解釋不能彈奏的原因。最後,我(wo)們軟(ruan)硬兼(jian)施逼他就範,他終于說︰"好吧,但是記住,我(wo)撥弦再也不能像過去(qu)一(yi)樣了。"或者會說︰"這個手指出意外(wai)後,我(wo)再也不能彈得(de)像過去(qu)那樣好了。"對于家人(ren)來說,父親彈得(de)好不好並沒有分(fen)zhi)穡 wo)們很高興他終于彈奏了。當(dang)他彈起(qi)那把陳(chen)舊的曼陀林(lin),就會把我(wo)們帶回昔日那些無(wu)憂無(wu)慮的幸福時光。"戴維,戴維?克羅克特,荒野邊(bian)疆的國王(wang)"就會再次(ci)響徹西弗吉(ji)尼亞州的貝克頓小鎮(zhen)。

  1993年8月,父親診斷得(de)了不宜(yi)動手術的肺(fei)癌。他不想接(jie)受化療,因為他想體面地過完(wan)他生命最後的時光。大約在父親去(qu)世(shi)的一(yi)周前,我(wo)們qiao)肭笏芊裎 wo)們彈奏曼陀林(lin),他說了很多借(jie)口(kou),最後還是答應了。他知(zhi)道這可能是他最後一(yi)次(ci)為我(wo)們彈奏了,他為老xia)恿lin)調弦,彈了幾個音。我(wo)環顧四周,家人(ren)個個都淚水滿(man)眶。我(wo)們qiang)醇諼wo)們面前是一(yi)個安靜的、謙虛(xu)的人(ren),以生命最後的力(li)量,用愛的力(li)量支撐著。父親再也沒有足夠的力(li)量彈奏,這使我(wo)們對yue)翹斕募且涓憂qiang)烈。父親做著他一(yi)生都在做的事情︰奉(feng)獻。即使生命已走到了盡頭,他卻(que)仍盡力(li)為他人(ren)創造歡樂。沒錯(cuo),父親一(yi)定還能彈奏曼陀林(lin)的。


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