PA in Oak Ridge, TN
My name is Mel Sisco. I was born July 2 1972 in Elyria Ohio. I am the proud parent of three beautiful children Alexandrea, Wyatt, and Waylon Sisco. Yes, this proves that God does have a sense of humor because he allowed me to reproduce. Also, I am the youngest of five children who include 2 older brothers, Mike and Eugene and 2 older sisters Judy and Gina. My mother Jewell had the difficult task of raising us with little money. She did so without complaint and had the amazing ability to focus on what we had rather than what we didn’t have. This lovely woman who I have just spoken so fondly of did tell me a story about how she reacted when she found out that she was pregnant with her fifth child. Many would think that she responded with joy and happiness. Not my mom. She told me that when she found out she came home crying and said “My God! I hope it’s a tumor!” This means that the woman who would care for me and eventually grow to love me would have initially faced cancer rather than give birth to another boy. Now that I am grown she has changed her opinion and says she would have had more if she knew they would turn out like I did. I think she feels a little guilty. What do you think?
My father Gene was a man of many talents. His employment history, to name a few, included taxi driver, welder, coal miner, member of the armed forces, politician, newspaper editor, and probably my favorite job of his country music singer. He played the Grand Ole Opry and rubbed elbows with the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. He was always good for a story or a song when he felt like entertaining. My friends in high school would come to visit just to sit and listen to the stories my dad would tell. My goodness were they funny! He made my childhood something to remember and was never shy about offering an opinion whether I asked for it or not. As I got older the conversations became less of a lecture and more like two old friends talking about life experiences and telling jokes. Sadly he passed May of 2001. He left me with many happy memories and some worldly knowledge that only a man who lived life the way he did could have known.