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I take my hat off for the flag I stand up straight; let others sag I get all weepy for Old Glory thinking of my family's story They came from Russia with naught but hope with just their wits to help them cope No language skills or education either Money or living quarters, they had neither But they scraped and scrimped, and just kept going Gramps peddled junk, grams did the sewing And with the help of God, it all worked out Hard work and faith -- their kids did sprout My father an attorney, my uncle a physician All due to gram and gramps' prescient intuition To emigrate alone, part of no community to an unknown land of opportunity

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Date: 11/19/2020 8:47:00 AM
Glad to see you got ranked high with this one as one of the most popular 100" Mazel! My entire family had no degrees. My Grandfather did art works, no degree, his lamps hang from the basilica of Notre Dame. Art deco elevator doors at Tribune Tower and Gargoyles atop Wrigley Building, plus ironworks at Brookkfield Zoo he made of animals. He raised a family of 8! My Dad was a business owner and did well, no degree. Grandpa began as a coal miner in Philly.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/19/2020 5:09:00 PM
Your grandfather sounds like an incredibly talented, creative gentleman. You come from good stock, Panagiota... And nice to see your tribute to Tom Cunningham up there on that Top 100 List too. Light and Joy, Gershon
Date: 11/9/2020 9:39:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD, with this remarkable and inspiring, touching poem, Gershon. Good wishes, Evelyn :)
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/10/2020 5:43:00 PM
Always nice to read your uplifting words, Evelyn. They, and you, continue to inspire me. ~ Sweetness and Light, Gershon
Date: 11/9/2020 5:40:00 PM
Hi Gershon, I’m just coming back to say congratulations on getting the poem of day( although I’m a bit late). It was well deserved. Enjoy your evening:-) Alexis
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/9/2020 6:29:00 PM
Never too late, Alexis. Always a pleasure to see your avatar and read your comments. Cheers, Gershon
Date: 11/8/2020 8:43:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. A wonderful story/write. Your write speakers for millions of people. God and hard work were the key. A wonderful tribute to your parents and grandparents. You are a wonderful writer and a great addition to your family...............
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/9/2020 6:28:00 PM
Thank you so much, Paula. Very, very kind of you to write such words of praise. I'm sure that your family is quite proud of you!! Best alwayus, Gershon
Date: 11/8/2020 7:51:00 AM
The sacrifice your grandparents made for you all is pure love...Congratulations Gershon Wolf...
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/9/2020 6:27:00 PM
A belated thank you, Arturo, for recognizing all the sacrifices my grandparents had to make. Theirs were hard lives. :) gw
Date: 11/7/2020 10:31:00 AM
What a wonderful story though I'm sure they had their hardships along the way. We all owe a lot to those who came before. Stay frosty my friend.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/7/2020 6:31:00 PM
David, always a pleasure to hear from you. Have a great weekend! :) gw
Date: 11/6/2020 2:54:00 PM
This was an amazing poem to read Gershon! Congratulations on POTD! I tip my hat to you good sir!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/7/2020 6:25:00 PM
Thank you so much, Mark. :) gw
Date: 11/6/2020 10:55:00 AM
Gershon, a wonderful tribute to your grandparents, how many have the same story, mostly Americans, Australians and ethnic communities from Europe including Greece. It was mostly parents who slaved late hours in the cafeterias here for their children (our generation) to be able to go to University and thus were given, as you were, the opportunities you had in life. We owe our success to our parents and grandparents . Beautiful poem and I have faved it already! Congratulations on POTD - hope you enjoyed your day. Blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
Thank you so much for your spirited support, Jennifer, and for the FAVE. Always an honor for me. Happiness and Joy, Gershon
Date: 11/6/2020 1:47:00 AM
Congrats on POTD. This is an excellent write that gives America her pride.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/6/2020 11:01:00 AM
We can use all the pride we can get right now. God bless America, Gershon
Date: 11/6/2020 12:36:00 AM
Great story.your family deserve the POTD. loved it.take care.simon
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/6/2020 11:02:00 AM
Thank you so much for your kind words, Simon. Cheers, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 11:33:00 PM
A great story and a well deserving POTD. Your golden lines prove that with 'hard work and faith', anything is POSSIBLE! Have a great day Gershon. Best regards ~ Ani
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/6/2020 11:24:00 AM
You are so right, Ani. Here's to Possibilities: Even the sky is not the limit! :) gw
Date: 11/5/2020 6:01:00 PM
Wonderful words of pride in your family's legacy, and the country they chose to pursue their dream in. Hats off to you, Gershon, for POTD. Let's hear it for hard work and faith. ~ another blessed American
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/6/2020 11:25:00 AM
Thank you for your comment, which is so true. We are blessed to live in this land. Happy Friday, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 5:22:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD! A stunning poem. Chantelle hugs
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 5:34:00 PM
Appreciate your powerful comment, Chantelle. Peace, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 5:14:00 PM
"I take my hat off for the flag. I stand up straight" This says so much about you and your character. Your family. My heart smiles. Congratulations Gershon, on Poem of the Day. :) Brandy
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 5:29:00 PM
Very kind of you to write such sweet words, Brandy. Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. Moonlight and Song, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 5:06:00 PM
Great family story, Gershon, congratulations on POTD. Hugs Eve
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 5:24:00 PM
Eve, thank you so much for your support! Happy Thursday evening. :) Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 4:30:00 PM
How wonderful your story is Gershon. I love hearing successful stories of immigrants who have come to America and prospered through determination and hard work as did my ancestors from Ireland and England. I so enjoyed reading of your family history. Congratulations on a much deserved POTD! xxoo
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 4:45:00 PM
Thank YOU, Connie, for your uplifting comment. Peace and Serenity, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 3:02:00 PM
what an uplifting story GW one others will be able to relate to, many congrats on POTD:-) hugs jan xx
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:53:00 PM
Jan, thank you for such a nice comment, and for all of your support, day in and day out. Smiles, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 2:27:00 PM
Congratulations all the way around to a complete American.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:48:00 PM
Thank you so much, Sunlite. ~ Patriotic and Proud of It, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 1:10:00 PM
Well... I commented on this earlier but it doesn't show up... don't know why. Very good poem. Love it. God bless you
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:46:00 PM
Thank you, Regina. Sounds like there was a glitch somewhere,... though sometimes I write comments 'in my mind,' and then I don't find them recorded, amazingly... Peace, Gershon
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Regina McIntosh
Date: 11/5/2020 1:25:00 PM
And Congrats :)
Date: 11/5/2020 12:33:00 PM
This is a very moving poem, great story.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:43:00 PM
Appreciate your moving words, Monique. Peace, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 12:17:00 PM
How brave of your family, what a story and rise to glory. Hard work and determination to overcome hardship definitely paid off. Congratulations on poem of the day... Belle
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:41:00 PM
Thank you, Belle. And thanks for all of your support, day in and day out! Grit and Determination, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 10:21:00 AM
Nicely written. Hard work, determination and faith. A winning combination. America is truly a great country. Congratulations on POTD.
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 3:39:00 PM
Thanks for your support, W.A! Health and Happiness, Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 10:17:00 AM
It's a pleasure to see immigrants work hard and succeed. Congratulations for your POTD. ~~
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 10:23:00 AM
Yes, it is, Victor. Immigrants are truly the 'face of America.' Thank you for your support. ~ Gershon
Date: 11/5/2020 10:03:00 AM
A real "yankee doodle dandy," Gershon. This poem is a treasure for your family and for us! Both sides of my family fought in the Revolutionary War and one of our daughters-in-law came from a man who signed all four of the Revolutionary documents including the Declaration and the Constitution. We have much to be proud of and I too stand for our anthem! Congratulations on your POTD. Not just patriotic but a sincere love of this couintry!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 10:12:00 AM
Thanks, Sam. Although I don't shy from 'patriotic,' which should be sincere, not jingoistic. Happy Thursday. :) gw
Date: 11/5/2020 9:29:00 AM
Well deserved recognition Gershon - A great family history story too. Cheers buddy Bill
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 11/5/2020 10:11:00 AM
Thanks for all the encouragement and support, Bill! Here's to Grit and Determination, Gershon
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