The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Measuring up


June 18, 2020

I was recently forced to confront a question that caused me great pause.

It was insidiously simple in its nature. While cashing a few beers on the patio with my cousin Tyler from Texas, conversation shifted to the recent tribulations of a close relative and concerns about his young children.

Tyler, who was basically raised by his mother, nonchalantly asked, “Was your dad your hero growing up?”

I froze and stared forward with a blank expression. It wasn’t a question I had ever thought about before, simply because I never had to.

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