Happy Father’s Day to all of you great Dads out there!
For some of you who have a few Father’s Days under your belt, you’ve done an amazing job at being card-carrying members of The Best Dads Ever Club. Just take a look at the smiles on your children’s faces!
For those of you who are celebrating this day as your first Father’s Day (and I personally know of two such Dads in San Diego), congratulations! I see the thrill on your faces every time I see you.
My Dad always feels very close to me on this day and I have so many very happy memories of him. I know several of you out there whose fathers have also passed on …. but who seem to remain close to you, too. Perhaps that is their greatest legacy to us who remain.
My Dad didn’t have much growing up in the 1920’s – a lot of the country didn’t have much in those days. One Christmas Eve, he remembered not having anything to eat for supper but potatoes, but they did have a roof over their heads and for that he was grateful.
He never forgot those days, but he never let it weigh him down, either. He worked long, hard hours – sometimes at two jobs – to see that we had a better existence than he did as a child. He taught us that being honest, seeing the good in people, and being a good friend were the “things” that mattered – not what you had or what you wore. He was also a great son, brother, brother-in-law and a favored uncle in our family – sometimes fulfilling the role of a patriarch when family members were seeking advice.
He was a man of deep love and compassion and I couldn’t be prouder to call him My Dad. I miss him every day.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! You will remain in my heart forever.