A Father’s Love For His Daughter

Excerpt from The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA which I hope to publish soon, maybe.

I recall another girl’s basketball story, a story of a fathers love for his daughter. The father was watching his daughter play basketball on the boys team. A man in the crowd was yelling homophobic insults at her. The father is a big man who loves his daughter and could not bear hearing her demeaned. At half time the father walked to the edge of the bleachers where the homophobe was sitting, got his attention and told him if he didn’t watch his tongue he was going to rip it out of his mouth. The homophobe was quiet the second half.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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