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Knowledge Infusion Webinar, 6/3/10
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Adventures of Bloom & Wallace

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Annual Reprise — Father’s Day Thoughts: Remembering Jack Samuel Bloom

Yahrzeit Candle

[When I wrote this for Father's Day 2010, I never planned to update and then reprise this post annually.  But as each Father's Day approaches, my sense of loss increases.  I so wish he were still here to share with me and my sister the laughter and tears of everyday living.  Ron and I have large paintings of our two fathers above a bespoke archway in our home, and they are very much with us in spirit.  They lived at opposite ends of the country, could not have come from more different backgrounds, and they only met a couple of times in their lives.  But I know they would be very happy playing pinochel with each other wherever they may be now.]

From my Dad I inherited:

  • his ability to tell a good story, to make a point while making you laugh;
  • his commitment to active friendship, the kind of friendship that does what you need even when you don’t know you need it;
  • his belief that any day on which you wake up is already a good day, that the gift of life is too precious to waste; and
  • his habits of meticulous book-keeping, calendar-keeping, and commitment-keeping.

From my Dad I also inherited his love of reading and the sheer joy of opening a new book.  Later I discovered that for me, being rich meant being able to buy any book I wanted to read and never having to browse in second-hand bookshops unless I was looking for treasure.  Jewish families like ours, in the early 50′s, bought their children a copy of the World Book Encyclopedia, one volume at a time on a payment plan that they could scarcely afford, so that their children would be better educated than they were.  I remember my Dad reading that encyclopedia cover to cover, Aardvark to Zebra, even the boring bits (and there were many such), and perhaps that’s where I also learned that reading some books was about more than having the pleasure of meeting their words.

My Dad taught me to swim almost before I could walk by carrying me on his back as he swam from the gentle shores of White Sands Beach, CT to the floating raft in the waters of Long Island Sound.  I’ve loved swimming and being in/around the water ever since.  I have no fear of the ocean’s waves and can still feel his support whenever I’m over my head.  But I can also remember his advice when it came to swimming in open, choppy water:  “keep your mouth closed.”  Words to live by in many situations.

We buried my Dad on my 50th birthday.  He spent just a few days in hospital, having not been ill before his unexpected collapse just as I was about to deliver a presentation at the 1995 SAPPHIRE conference in Phoenix.  My Dad was a perfectly ordinary man to whose funeral came many hundreds of people we didn’t know whom he had helped, quietly, without ever being asked.  In his retirement, he had “adopted” older members of our synagogue who needed rides to doctors’ appointments, help paying their bills, or just an hour’s companionship.  Without the financial means of major philanthopy, he found the means for active philanthropy, through the gift of his own time and caring.

By the time I launched my own business in 1987, the cost of long distance calls, so daunting when I first left home in ’63, were much more affordable, and I called him most days in the late afternoon even when I was onsite with clients (which was most of the time in those early days).  Those calls always started with:

  • Dad: How’s business?
  • Naomi: Business is great.
  • Dad: Are your clients paying their bills on time?
  • Naomi: Yes, they sure are.
  • Dad: Are their checks clearing the bank?
  • Naomi: Absolutely.

When you know that those early clients were firms like Bank of America, Hewlett Packard and International Paper, something my Dad certainly knew, this ritual opening to our calls goes from being merely odd to very odd, unless you also know that being a small retailer all his life shaped forever my Dad’s view of Accounts Receivable.  From there we’d go on to the events of his and my day, and to what was happening across the Bloom family and the larger Jewish community in which I grew up.  I don’t remember my Dad ever calling me — long distance calls were for emergencies only among his generation — but I know he loved my calls because he reported on them to the group of men with whom he ate breakfast every day at a local deli.

I’ve always said yahrzeit for my Dad at the appropriate times in our Jewish calendar, and I think of him every day, but I miss him especially on Father’s Day.  If you’re lucky enough to still have your Dad, don’t wait for Father’s Day to call him.  And if you are a Dad, the gift of your time, of your self, is so much more important than anything you could ever buy with your money.

3 comments to Annual Reprise — Father’s Day Thoughts: Remembering Jack Samuel Bloom

  • Thanks for the the valuable suggestions…keep writing on this topic. I also like “Annual Reprise — Father’s Day Thoughts: Remembering Jack Samuel Bloom” for the title. Great job Naomi.

  • Pam Lassman

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. You express yourself so eloquently. This certainly touched my heart. “What we keep in memory remains unchanged forever.” It is wonderful that their memories are a part of us always. In addition to being proud of you for all your accomplishments, I’m certain Mom and Dad would be so happy that you and Marsha are so close and have such a special bond. And maybe they know??? Love, Pam

    • Naomi Bloom

      Marsha is confident that she’s in communication with those who’ve gone before us, and one of her favorite TV shows is something called “The Long Island Medium.” I’m confident that those who’ve gone before us and so influenced our lives live on in not only our memories of them but also in our character, in our behavior, and in our accomplishments. I cherish the friendship that Marsha and I have built, and I know that our parents would be very happy for that. Please know that you are a part of our inner family/friend circle with Marsha running point on all things Pam.

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