My grandfather was an inspiration to many people. His cheerful optimism served as a magnet which drew others toward him.
Hank was notorious for his “sayings”. He frequently quoted poetry and had many “catch phrases” that we affectionately referred to as Hankisms.
The largest mentor for Hank in his adult life was his preacher, Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Lindsay. The following is a poem written by Dr. Lindsay. These words served as Hank’s Mantra all of the years that I knew him.
I will talk health—Instead of sickness.
I will talk prosperity—Instead of failure.
I will carry Good News—Instead of bad news.
I will tell the cheerful tale—Instead of the sad tale.
I will mention my blessings—Instead of my burdens.
I will encourage —Instead of criticize.
I will be a friend to everyone.
This mantra lends itself to a wonderful legacy of good will. I cannot think of a better thing to leave behind as you enter the gates of heaven.
Cheers to a wonderful life, and many thanks to my beloved Dedaw for all of the love and memories that we shared!