Stories: Who We Have Lost
I Am My Father's Daughter
Who did you lose to Covid 19? Michael Polonus
My Dad died on April 7, 2020.
He entered the world with nothing and left with nothing but he left a lot behind in this world.
He was raised in Elmhurst, IL with his brother Dick. They were 2nd generation Americans with their family roots in Lithuania. His grandparents came to America during the potato famine and entered through Ellis Island, settling in the Chicago area.
My Dad did not have much when he was a child but he worked hard and paid his way through college -Bowling Green University – where he met his future wife, Linda Druley.
My father was a man of principles.
#1 – Work hard.
#2 – Never lie, cheat or steal. He was the most honest man you will ever know.
#3 – He was generous; boy was he ever.
He loved meeting people; he would talk to any one with genuine warmth and compassion.
He didn’t care who you were, if you were hard working and honest he would give you a chance and the shirt off his back.
He believed in education and paid for his children’s education; allowing us the gift of graduating debt free. He wanted us to be successful and pushed us to set a high standard of excellence.
He said that if you had an education and worked hard, that’s all you needed in life to succeed.
He made his children responsible from a very young age; chores and tasks were part of everyday life. We have that work ethic still today. My brother and I are two of the most responsible people I know. It’s funny how, even though my brother and I are very different people, we are also very much the same because of the values that my father instilled in us.
He believed in quality – buy quality and take care of things – they should last forever. Any person that purchased a used car from my Dad got the best used car money could buy; immaculate, all services performed, records kept – they were like new.
He loved his grandchildren and wanted to share his success with them. He supported their education and traveled with each of them as they came of age.
He allowed me the opportunity to travel the world with him also. We had so much fun on our trips. That is such a special gift that he gave to me.
I have his hair, I have his teeth, I have his eyes and as I age, I look in the mirror and I have his face. I have so many qualities of his that I have both loved and cursed, but now that he is gone, they are all beautifully special to me.
I am my father’s daughter and for that I will forever be proud and humbled.