Marvin’s Ashes

Goodbye to a Good Man

By Kim Steinberg

Those who have good fathers often take them for granted, as they should. A good father is wise and kind, he advises, he becomes a rock in times of trouble.

Marvin, my husband’s dad, was an example to me of what a father should be. I see his legacy in my husband Si, who sings his way through life, who is himself an exceptional father, and in the values Marvin passed down: hard work, education, fun, and laughter. He had time for other people. Time for a walk, time to go fishing, time to play cards, time to talk and listen. He was peaceful and comforting to be with. If I measured his accomplishments by the people he touched, his life was a full room.

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About Kim Steinberg

Kim Steinberg has lived in Boise since 1981. Her work has been published in this magazine as well as Writers in the Attic, The Cabin Anthology, Bewildering Stories, Shut Up and Write Zine, and Potato Soup Journal.  She is currently editing an around-the-world travel memoir.