On days like yesterday, when his presence is missed so much, I look for ways to connect with him. I look for his fingerprints in my life…May I share some of these thoughts with you?
— My hands remind me of his. Mine are strong with short, square fingers—just like his, but his were rougher, from farming. (My mom and sisters have the long fingers with pretty nails.)
— My Dad laughed easily; and wasn’t afraid to laugh at his own mishaps. I never want to lose that ability—that gift.
— My Dad loved My Mom. Her needs came first. In his absence, My Sisters and I have stood in his place. May we continue to make that a place of honor.
— Dad was a natural speaker. He spoke about God, Family, and Community. I speak about God, Girlfriends, & Chocolate. I think that would make him smile.
My Dad was a wonderful man. A humble man. A father who loved unconditionally. A faithful man—to God, his family, and his country. These are characteristics I long to carry on…with God’s mercy and grace.
Here’s what we wrote about My Dad when he died:
George Pernel Nornes of Climax, Minnesota, was a man of faith who loved God first and family second. His time on this earth was filled with living a life that pleased God – whether he was teaching agriculture in the Climax High School, distributing Bibles with the Gideons, sharing his love for agricultural activities at the Minnesota State Fair, farming, camping with his family, getting donuts with his granddaughters, or building a tree-house with his grandsons. George made everyone who knew him feel special. He loved people, and knew that by serving and loving others he was sharing the love of God. George’s legacy of faith, family, and community service will continue forever.
If you knew my dad…we were blessed, weren’t we?
Thanks for letting me remember my dad for a few minutes with you today.
God, give me the courage and strength and grace to continue his legacy.