- Category: Opinion
- Published: Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:36
- Written by Franuticia D. Perman
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15 FEB 2017
As I leave for college abroad, I can’t help but want to declare to Pohnpei and the FSM, a world of thanks & gratitude and my admiration to the man I call DAD, Ipa, my father, and Congressman Ferny S. Perman. Less than two short years ago, Pohnpei Election District 1 elected my dad, a political unknown compared to his colleagues, to be their representative in the Federated States of Micronesia’s Congress -- a mighty feat because it was only after his third attempt that he won.
From humble beginnings, my dad was born in Pohnrakied, Pohnpei in the summer of 1965 to Judy Shoniber Perman and the late Francisco Perman. He was raised in Mwalok, Sokehs. As a firstborn son, he bore many responsibilities at home with the farming, the clearing of the land, helping with his younger siblings, and his all-time favorite, fishing. At an incredibly young age, he was so fascinated about fishing, that his father gifted him with a locally-made canoe to experience the ocean and take on new adventures. An avid fisherman today, he developed his love of fishing in this canoe.