Hello SOTGC community,
I want to wish all the Fathers out there a VERY happy Father’s Day. Today I’ll be grabbing a bunch of food, heading up to my parents’ house, and enjoying a yummy meal with lots of laughs.
People talk about the importance of role models, of heros, of having that person in your life that has influenced you in a positive way and that helps shape what you become. For me, that is my Father. From an early age I was a TOTAL Daddy’s girl. I followed him all around the house and property…I sat on the counter in his workshop while he worked on projects and I played with my coloring books or pretended to take customer orders on the phone plugged into the wall (that didn’t work). Part of why I am so driven, why I will not quit once I set a goal…is because of my Father.
At a VERY young age my Dad started working. He did not come from a middle class family, he wasn’t given opportunities like my brother and I had, he worked for everything and made no excuses…he just succeeded. From an 8 person, one income family that lived paycheck to paycheck, my father worked until he passed the California state bar exam (aced it on the first try), built up a thriving private law practice, and at one point held a judicial post (as a pro temp). This man, who had achieved so much, who was my hero, told me every chance he got that in his opinion I was the best at everything I did.
My work ethic is modeled after his, the responsibility I feel towards people I care about is influenced by the example he sets, and my totally dorky and silly sense of humor is DEFINITELY attributed to his silly jokes.
Daddy, thank you for helping give me the confidence that I face life with. Thank you for always working tirelessly to provide for your family. Thank you for telling my brother and I every day how amazing, intelligent, and loving our Mother is so that we understand a man should love, appreciate and value his wife. And mostly, thank you for never giving up on me and for allowing me to just be me…and loving and supporting me at all costs.