Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads. This is one of my favorite weekends of the year, not just because I am a father, but because the entire family gets together for a great Sunday. This Sunday there will be time with my daughter, my son and my wonderful wife. We will also be spending most of the day with my in laws which is a good time.

Growing up I learned many lessons from my dad. I remember when I was 13 and during the summer between school my dad got me a job on a fishing boat. I was so exciting to be making money but after the first week I realized how hard the work was. That Friday I asked my dad if I could quit and he said "no problem - when you start school in August, you can quit." My dad taught me the life changing lesson that when I start something, there is no option other than finishing what I have made a commitment to finish. Even today, this lesson pays tremendous dividends.

One of my greatest hopes is that I can be that same type of teacher for my kids. To me the greatest Father's Day will be when I can see our two kids as self sufficient contributing members to society. Until they are old enough to do that, I will enjoy every day I can with them.

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