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Honorable Mention: Donna Holland, Please,
Tell Me Why!
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Please, Tell Me Why!
by Donna Holland
It was 1937, as I sat watching Betty Grable in “The
Case of the Lucky Legs” for a third time. I had returned, finding no
one home after the first viewing. My cousin Billy burst into the theatre
and said I needed to go home because my Dad had been hurt.
I apprehensively entered the house buzzing with family and neighbors, while
Momma sat weeping on the edge of her bed. When she noticed me, she scooped
me into her arms and hugged and rocked me repeating “Oh our poor, poor
It wasn’t till the next day that I overheard the message, he was DEAD!
The words hit me like a fist in my gut. My legs collapsed and I fell into
a chair by the table, as my breath came flooding back with a lifetime of
memories of my Dad. “Why?” I questioned. My Daddy was a good
man, a Christian man. He used to trade his co-workers three days of work
to get Sunday off, so he could take us to church. He taught by example. Momma
used to boast, that us four boys could undress Daddy in the front pew and
he’d never notice because he was so intent on that sermon. Four little
boys would no longer be seen dashing up the road helter-skelter, to partake
in this man’s love.
“Heavenly Father, Daddy taught me that you are a loving and just God,
so please answer why, “why my Daddy?”
In loving memory of my Grandfather James Gillam Holland and my father, Robert