My Air Force Dad

by John Praw

My dad was never a pilot, but as a kid, I always wished he was. Instead, he was a welder in the U.S. Air Force. I seem to remember him telling me that he started welding when he was only thirteen. Today, I don’t know if that’s the truth or if I just made it up when I was younger. What I do know is that my dad is damn good at his job. And as his son, that’s good enough for me.


John Praw is a student of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin.