Sunday, June 17, 2012

To My Father

Dads are often the single most influential person in our lives as a role model.  (Not to leave Mom's out of course).  As children growing up, we learn what a man is through our fathers so that we see what kind of men we will strive to be (if we are boys), or what kind of men we will seek as partners and friends.

My father taught me above all the value of hard work.  He rarely ever missed a day.  If he did a job he did it right.  I'll never forget the day my father told me to go wash the family van.  A formidable task for a ten to twelve year old.  Vacuuming, washing windows, and finally washing the outside took a long time and a lot of effort.  I was not happy about this and complained.  But my father was adamant.  So I marched outside and started my arduous task.  When I was done I showed my father.  I was still in a pouty mood about it.  He walked around the van and said, "No.  There are spots all over the place.  You did a shoddy job.  Do it again.  If you're going to do a job, do it right the first time."  I was so mad I stomped my feet as I got out my supplies and started again.  I steamed through the job the second time around.  As I steamed, I worked hard, checked and double checked my results so I wouldn't get caught doing it over again.  When I had finished the second round, my father walked around the van and smiled, "See, I knew you could do it!"  I never felt so proud as I did that day standing next to a gleaming van and my smiling father.

So to my father who gave me the fortitude to be a hard worker and showed me what pride in my work could feel like: Happy Father's Day Dad!

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