Father : (fa-th er) noun
1. a male parent
2. a father in law, stepfather, or adoptive father
3. a male who exercises paternal care over other persons;paternal protector or provider
4. any male ancestor – founder of a race, family or line
5. a person who has originated or established something
There’s a group of very important people in this society and culture that’s often overlooked. They are our Dads, and whatever the case may be, they profoundly affect our lives.
Growing up I was part of the stereotypical American family. I realize in looking back on it just how much we can take that for granted. So I would like to take a moment to acknowledge one of the most important people in my life, my father.
I’m sure that over the years I have caused much grief to my Dad, and I know that during most of that time I did so unapologetically. I took for granted that my dad had his own life and worries, hopes and dreams, and wishes for the future of my sister and I. I now know how difficult it must have been to deal with the many challenges I presented him with. Falsified and poorly forged report cards, stubbornness, and the inability to correctly load a dishwasher among them. I always wanted to ask for forgiveness later instead of permission beforehand, and I’m pretty sure that is the exact opposite of what he wanted. How he has any patience left in him for anything defies my explanation.
I have been blessed in that I could always count on my Dad. The example he set, and the things he taught me, made (and continue to make) me the man I am. I hope that I am successful in passing some of those things on. Not the least of which is that whatever you do, do it the best that you can. Because success isn’t measured in the money you make, but the impression you leave on those around you.
So to all that fit into the definition, whatever category, whatever circumstance, here’s to you. And to the best teacher, best friend, and best man at my wedding….. Thanks, Dad.