he is my rock, my example for what a man should be. he is opinionated, hard on the outside but compassionate on the inside. he works hard, and has instilled the “always do your best” attitude in myself and my siblings. he lives life by doing. maintains a young heart by staying connected and molding the youngest members of our family, but his years of living life have created concrete beliefs and attitudes that are his and his alone. they are what give him character and make him my dad.
his smile, his laugh, his hand on your shoulder. they are the things I don’t take for granted. his wisdom, words of guidance (even when it’s not exactly what you want to hear) and words of encouragement are jewels to be treasured.
happy birthday dad! here’s to another year….