Writers have different backgrounds but similar values

| July 30, 2020 1:00 AM

Tim Henney’s letter to the editor (Daily Bee, June 28) is a great from the heart letter.

Tim Henney is an excellent writer and I always enjoy his emails, letters to the editor and articles as he always has something meaningful and interesting to say.

A message to Tim, fortunately for me, I had a very different father. My father was an ordained minister and he would have people from around the world speak at our church and, afterward, have dinner with us in our home. We had sharing our dinning room table people from India, Japan and Nigeria just to name a few. One of the most memorable for me was a woman sitting next to me with no arms who ate with her feet. I was amazed.

Not only did my dad teach with his sermons, but he also taught by example.

After graduating from Wake Forest my father then spent four years at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

While at Colgate Rochester and right after Pearl Harbor my father was in downtown Rochester where he saw a mob attacking an Asian man. Dad intervened and managed to get the man away from them.

What’s amazing, even though Tim and I had very different fathers, we share similar values. Unlike Tim, I had an easier path to those values as I shared them with my father. I think it is amazing that Tim was able to overcome his father’s negative influences.

Bravo Tim Henney for being who you are. You are one of my favorite people and my father would have loved you.