A heartfeld Dear Dad message
Originally published on June15
Nothing caught my attention as I searched through rows of Father's Day cards and messages. Not one of them spoke to my heart.
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The question in my mind, "What made my father so special to me? Why did friends, my children and grandchildren feel the same way about him?"
Suddenly I knew I had to write -- my own Fathers' Day message.
I am reminded of your sense of humor and your sense of dignity. You caught the attention of many, with your ready smile and inner spirit. Family was always #1 on your priority list. The love and financial support for your mother and sisters never faltered.
Your teaching, "Small minds discuss people, medium-sized minds discuss events, and large minds discuss ideas," was for me, a constant reminder when I got off track.
Your other message, "You will always catch more bees with honey than vinegar," served me well. I still smile remembering when you later told me, "Always have some vinegar in your back pocket, just in case."
I feel a great sadness for children who have never known the love of a father, for those who have missed having a father to guide them.
If only young fathers today recognized how important they are and what a special legacy they could leave to their children. How different our world could be.
Dad, I recognize how blessed I was to share your love of music. I hold dear the memories of my shoes standing on top of yours, moving to the music at age 3.
Today I celebrate all of the moments in time between a father and daughter, forever connected in spirit. Those moments always "UNFORGETTABLE." Wish you were here. I miss you. You remain forever in my heart.
Happy Father's Day.
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