1960s — Michigan
My mother passed away when I was eight. My father later dated a woman (Ms. S.) and was serious about her, wanted to marry.
She, my father, my older brother and I went to a movie together one evening. I looked young for my age and was 12 or 13 at the time. There was a discount for children under twelve.
When we went to the window for tickets Mrs. S. said, “three adults and one child.” I thought that was kind of clever and looked up at my dad. He looked at the cashier and said “No, four adults.”
It occurred to me he was willing to pay more money and let this woman he loved look a bit small for the sake of integrity. I may have misread intent, but this reflected all he taught me about how to live and the value of honesty and character. It reflected how I saw him lead his life.Charles Tomlinson