Earl Marvin Waterman. My daddy! The man we nicknamed McGuyver because he could do anything. This man was a genius. When he talked, people listened. I could tell you stories of how in awe people were when my dad would speak.
Yes he has been recognized for his many patents. Yes he is part of history. Yes his inventions has made a difference in the lives of others. But I will tell you that his greatest achievement in life and what he really would want to be recognized for was being an amazing husband to my mother and an amazing father to me and my siblings.
My father loved my mother with every fiber of his being. He always said that I don’t have a husband yet because I’m so picky, but what my dad didn’t realize is that I couldn’t find anyone because he set the bar extremely high. If I could get half of the love he has for my mom, I would be a lucky girl. Family first was his motto. No matter what he was doing, if any of us needed him, he was there. I didn’t make any decisions without getting his advice and stamp of approval. My dad’s mission in life was to always protect us and to make sure we had everything we wanted.
I am who I am because of my parents, but if you ask my mom, she will tell you I am just like my dad. What a great compliment. This man, my daddy had a heart of gold. I wish you all knew the man that I know and hold close to my heart. This is a man that a week before he went into the hospital when he saw that my mom had a swollen ankle, he put his pain to the side and insisted on filling the foot bath with water and episom salt and layed on the floor to massage her foot. This is the man that was in pain, but insisted on climbing up a tree in the backyard to prune it so my mom can get a better view when looking out the kitchen window. This is a man who was in pain, but was more concerned about my health. This man, my daddy was a slim framed man not muscular, but was the strongest man I know. And was a fighter. He kept fighting to come back to his family.
I am so proud and honored to be Earl Marvin Waterman’s daughter. I just pray that he knows how much I love him because I didn’t always show it.
On this day, November 2, 2021, All Souls’ Day, we laid my father to rest. He is now an angel watching over us. I will miss my daddy more than anyone could imagine, but I know we will be with one another again. ❤