Murdo Girl…He stepped up

The moniker, “step-father”  makes me think of Cinderella.

She had a wicked step-mother…

Who wouldn’t let her find a fella.

She had mean and simpering step-sisters…

They said she was a freak.

Poor Cinderella had to think her future would be bleak.

Then along came a fairy-god-mother…

A magic wand was her trademark.

Cinderella went to the ball…

And knocked the Prince out of the park.

For step-mom and step-sisters…

It didn’t end too well.

They couldn’t get the Prince from under Cinderella’s spell.

Some think happy ever after… 

Is only in fairy tales.

Some think it can be found…

After everything else fails.


When you married my mother, I didn’t know you very well.

I hoped you’d make her happy. Only time would tell.

You not only gave her love…

You gave her what she needed more.

You were the same good man each day…

As you were the day before.

It’s been forty-six years now, since you and Mom were wed.

When asked about my brother and me…

This is what you’ve always said,

“He’s my son and she’s my daughter.” (You don’t say that you’re too young.)

You were fourteen when Bill was born. I was born when you were twenty-one.

Our family is pretty big now. To our kids you’re Grandpa Gus.

When you married our Mom…

We got the best for all of us.

Gus, Mom, Mom’s sister, Ella Leckey, and brother, Jeff Sanderson


(Billy, Gus, and I at Horse Creek where we spread Mom’s ashes)


After all these years, step-father could be something I might say,

Because when friends or family need you…You’re only a step away.

And when you need your son or daughter, we hope you’ll always know…

We’ll step up just like you have… since all those years ago.

Happy Fathers Day, Gus…We Love You

















13 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…He stepped up

  1. scoper07 June 17, 2018 / 10:56 am

    Thanks. Just got a text. Jay and Seth are headed up to see me.

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  2. scoper07 June 17, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Fitting tribute to Gus MG!!!

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  3. lifelessons June 16, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    How old were you when Loretta married Gus? Was he from Draper?

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    • Mary Francis McNinch June 17, 2018 / 6:26 am

      I was 20…Gus grew up in Brookings and lived in Faith. He had never been married before. He was working with his brother (Gustafson Construction) on I 90 when Mom met him.

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      • lifelessons June 17, 2018 / 7:38 am

        Do you know the story of their meeting and courtship? You admire him so much that it seems like there is material there!

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      • lifelessons June 17, 2018 / 11:12 am

        IMHO, your family stories are your very best. I love them.

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      • sanjuan831 June 17, 2018 / 9:08 am

        Aunt Loretta chose a great guy and he chose a great Sanderson gal. That would be a good story or novel as Judi says- material.


      • Mary Francis McNinch June 17, 2018 / 10:13 am

        I will write that story. I’m sure Gus would be willing to be interviewed.


  4. slmret June 16, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    A lovely tribute to a step-father!


  5. sanjuan831 June 16, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Perfect in every way! Happy
    Dad’s Day to our great Dads! Thanks, MG for this tribute! Gus- you are the best!
    Al Leckey – thanks for being there always.

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