Thanks Dad!

Last year my wife was pregnant so technically I was a father last Father’s Day, but this year it’s super official.  I’m a dad. And I want to thank my own Dad for helping me be the father I am becoming.  So…

Thank you, Dad!

I may not call home as much as I should. And I may not solicit your advice that often these days, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about you or reflect on what you have taught me over the years.  I remember fondly traveling with you into school on those teacher workdays getting to see where you worked and meet your fellow teachers.  I recall sitting in those old wooden chairs in your office.  I remember feeling proud as I saw you in action as an assistant principal, and I recall getting up before the sun to get to school before anyone else so you could get things organized and just have some moments to mentally prepare for your day.  I find myself following those same routines now, arriving early to my own office to setup before class.  It allows me to clear my head, plan what I am going to do and get in the right mindset for the day.

You were so meticulous in your planning and always seemed to do things with purpose and efficiency, from what you did at work to how you did things at home.  You were dedicated to being good at what you did so that you could provide for our family especially when we were younger and mom didn’t work.  I take pride in the fact that I am doing the same now for my family.  There are some nights when I come home from work exhausted and I now understand how you felt because you had to come home and be a dad even when you were exhausted.

You taught me how to be a handyman around the house.  I can hang pictures, fix faulty light switches, and how to use just about any power tool there is. I know these thing because you taught my brother and me how, and you allowed us do the jobs when we were old enough.  It’s nice to know that I could change the oil in my car if I had to.  You taught me how to work with my hands as well as with my mind.

So on this Father’s Day, I want to say thank you.  I know that I am the father I am today because of you. Thank you for being my Dad!

God Bless you, and Happy Father’s Day!

“The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.”

Proverbs 23:24 (HCSB)

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