There are a lot of fathers out there and after close examination of all of them; I have decided that you are without a doubt the best father in the country. Perhaps even on earth. Hell, you’re the best father in the universe. Bar none.
You held my hand through life’s ups and downs, hugged me when I needed it, and when I didn’t. You disciplined me when I deserved it and skipped many times that you should have. You gave me money, values, dreams and ideals.
You taught me many things, and I could never list them all. So here is a small sampling of them:
- Always give 110%.
- Go hard or go home.
- Eat what’s put in front of you.
- Eat your veggies. (Okay, I still don’t eat ‘em.)
- Never give up.
- Hold onto your dreams and fight for them.
- Stand up for those you love.
- Help a friend.
- Help a stranger.
- Be kind to kids, dogs and old people.
- Hug your kids and praise them.
- Support your family and friends.
- Listen to your mother, she the smartest woman I know. (And she is.)
- Find your values and stay true to them.
- Fight for what you believe in.
- Celebrate the joys in your life, embrace the sorrows.
- Honesty and integrity make the man.
- Manners are free.
- Stand up and fight for your country.
- Life isn’t easy, suck it up and get on with it.
- Sometimes you have to hold your tongue. (I have yet to master this.)
- Read a book.
- Work hard.
- Play hard.
- Love hard.
- “Shit or get off the pot.”
- “Get your damned ass out of bed and do something useful.”
- “Life isn’t easy, suck it up and get on with it.”
- “I don’t care what career you choose, dig ditches for all I care. But you better be the best damned ditch digger there is.”
- And my personal favorite, “Fuck, fight or hold the light. Just do something to help.”
With all the love the one person can possibly give. This is your favorite daughter saying thanks dad. I love you, I’m proud of you and I wouldn’t trade you for anything.