I’m glad I had the chance to tell you that I love you before you left and I’m glad that I can still talk to you anytime I need or want to, but I wish you were still here so I could listen to what you have to say.
Thank you for being a great father and my best friend, you taught me more than I gave you credit for, though I thank you every day for all I continue to learn from you . . .
- Patience: Like most children I pushed you to your limit a time or two, but what I’ve learned most is that we all deserve the chance to be ourselves and that if we fail and if we are willing to accept guidance and direction, then we also deserve the opportunity to try again and again until we succeed. Thank you for instilling in me the attitude of what I ‘can do’ rather than what I ‘cannot’.
- Compassion: I suppose the days you picked me up from school in the dead cold of winter rather than let me walk home should be enough, but you topped it off by taking me bowling and spending time with me. I could not be the father I am without the values you taught me simply by loving me.
- Confidence: Faith combined with gratitude on both sunny and rainy days; greet those you meet with a smile and those you know with a warm hello and always stop to smell the roses. I can honestly say the worst times of my life have been when I ignored my faith and forgot to be thankful; my confidence was so low I could not even believe in myself. Thankfully I was blessed with a patient and compassionate wife.
- Reverence: “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” John Milton For the longest time I wondered why and how you always had a positive outlook on life, you spent a formative time of your life in an orphanage yet outwardly and as far as I know inwardly, you never let that experience rob you of your everyday happiness.
Thanks Dad, you have raised me to be a good adult, it took awhile and thank you for your example as a father, I know your grandsons appreciate you through me as unfortunately they have yet to meet you.
Happy Father’s Day, I love you, keep watching over me and my boys, we appreciate it!!