Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Moon Over Philadelphia

Deathlok Spotlight – Moon

Moon, or Tom Mooney, is my Father-In-Law. Tomorrow he goes in for his second open heart surgery. His first was 13 years ago. 5 bypasses later, he was as good as, if not better than, new. This year, at 78, it was discovered that he needs to go in for a triple bypass. So as my wife and I plan to take him in and wait for the good news tomorrow, it seemed a good time to, not only reflect on Moon, but to share the life of someone who is, in my opinion, extraordinary. Don’t get me wrong, this guy is a pain in the ass. It’s one of the many qualities that he and I share an I love him like my own Dad.

Keep in mind that most of his life is kept to himself and unless you get him at the right time and in the right mood, you may never learn anything about this guy’s life. . .which is incredible.

When Moon was a little kid, his Father died and his Mom got remarried. The problem was that her new husband wanted her and not her children. So, off to the orphanage went the kids. I know he has a brother and a half brother. Recently, he found out that he had other half-siblings that he never knew about. Can you imagine? Anyway, eventually all the kids got placed in homes, except for Moon. He grew up in the orphanage until he was 16, at which time he had to leave.

One of his best friends was my wife’s uncle. He was around a lot and eventually moved in with them. . . .a family of 10-12 kids. . .I lost count. Anyway, being employed, he was the coolest thing ever to that family. Considering that 1 or 2 of my Mother-in-Law’s family completed their high school education, having a job (and money) was a foreign concept.

Moon went into the Navy and served on the USS Ware (pictured). I found this out a few years ago and surprised him with a USS Ware hat for Christmas. He was impressed. A few weeks ago on a road trip, I learned that after the Navy, he joined the Merchant Marines. The stories this guy has are awesome. I could listen to this stuff for hours. He also told me that he was married before. He was married for about 90 days, and gave her half of everything because he was so in love with his friend’s sister, my Mother-in-Law. It turned out that my wife didn’t even know this. . .That went over well. As I said, you have to catch him at the right time.

Moon was a Philadelphia Policeman for a while, a driver for the Philadelphia Bulletin, owned a corner store and other jobs that I barely know about. He can fix anything as long as it’s not by conventional means. The trunk of his car puts Home Depot to shame. He will help anyone and everyone. Unfortunately, he’s not real good at accepting help in return.

One of the first experiences of this neurosis was when I moved into my “To Be” wife’s house. I mentioned that I was going to take the glass doors off the tub and put up a shower curtain. When I came home from work, it was done. We had to upgrade the outlets in the house. I was determined to replace more than him to show him that I wasn’t worthless. We finished about even. Unfortunately, I could feel my arms because I electrocuted myself three times. I showed him!!

Anyway, I don’t know what we would have done all these years without him, so please keep him in your thoughts tomorrow.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

I'll keep him in my prayers. Wish him luck for me.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous linda said...

DLx, that was great!

At 9:44 PM, Anonymous linda said...

Okay, just testing! I wrote a comment this morning and lost it!

Moon sounds like quite a character! I can't imagine being given up to an orphanage! I'm sure that scarred his soul! But it doesn't sound like he used that as an excuse to be less than he could. Bless his heart! I'm sure anyone with that kind of fortitude will do fine tomorrow. I'll be thinking of him and hoping for the best.

And you, what is it with the arms?! Don't ever pick up a chainsaw! ;)

At 11:47 PM, Blogger rachel said...

I'll be thinking good thoughts...

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

Just got back (it's after 7PM). We've been there since 6:30AM. Things went well. . .I think. We will know more tomorrow.

Thanks for the thoughts everyone.


At 1:11 AM, Anonymous linda said...

How is he? Sitting in a hospital can be so exhausting! It isn't that you're doing something physical...the worry just wipes you out!

I know it isn't any of my business, but did he ever see his mother after she left him? I just can't imagine leaving a child like that. When my daddy married my mother, she was a widow with 3 small girls. Must've been a shock to his system but he stuck around! And then, of course, there was me! ;)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Deathlok said...

I don't think that he ever saw her again as far as I know.

Funny thing though, when he was telling me about the ex-wife I asked "Do you ever see her?"

"Nah, I haven't seen her in about a year."

"A Year!"

Yeah, I see her in the bank every know and then. . .I wave."

All this time (40+ years) and she's in the area and nobody knew

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous linda said...

This sounds like a movie! Maybe you should be writing it down!

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my brain around the orphanage, and never seeing your kids again. Imagine how he must've felt when everyone else went to homes and he had to stay, and then on his own at 16. I hope you've told him how much he means to all of you. I don't even know him but I want to give him a hug! ;)

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Danny Dannenfeldt said...

Moon sounds like a real character. Hope all went well re. his surgery.

When he's back on his feet show him my unofficial site and the Official Ware website
We also have a museum, quarterly newsletter and reunions etc.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

I'll check it out Danny. Thanks!

I would love to get him to the museum.

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous linda said...

I hope he's doing okay.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

Moon is doing well medically and some scary moments. He had a mild heart attack on the table, but seems to be coming along nicely.

He seems a little confused and I am keeping my eye on his metal progress.

Thanks for all the concern shown here.


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