“Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words.”
—Fr. Jerome Cummings
Today’s story is from Mark Victor Hansen.
As co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I’ve had ample opportunity to write about my father. Oddly enough, though, I never have. I guess that makes me a man of few words, at least in this respect.
My name is Mark Victor Hansen. This is my story untold — a look back at my dad, and how I came to know him 20 years after he passed.
“Men of few words are the best men.” —Shakespeare
Mark and his dad, ready to ride.
He was a Danish immigrant. No academics. Broken English.
A man of few words. That was my dad. He worked as a baker through the Depression, earning pennies a day. He survived on leftover bread. Tireless work ethic. Simple principles. Just survive each day.
I was born in ’48. My three younger brothers soon followed. “The four boys,” he often said.
Throughout my childhood, Dad was consistent, stoic, as well. He never waivered, and seemed immune to self-doubt. While deeply caring as a man and a dad, he seemed unable to communicate how he felt. He would order the “what” without explaining the “why”. READ MORE