He was the kind of dad who made himself accessible to not just our family, but to other kids in the neighborhood. He'd organize group games and make sure everyone was involved. And it extended beyond our street. He coached T-ball, little league, soccer, basketball--year round for close to a decade, he was there. He was even a room parent! He volunteered in school to help with math and science activities, with any holiday activities, or any special events in the classroom. He would get up early every morning just to drive our family to school...all the way through high school! He was there for every play, every orchestral concert, every chess match, every choral concert, every art or talent show, every graduation (whether it was preschool, kindergarten or beyond). His dedication even exceeded the boundaries of school and extracurriculars.
He was the kind of dad that would say, "Hey, let's all go for a bike ride," or "How about taking the canoe to the pond for fishing?" or "Let's hit the slopes tomorrow," or "How about a hike this afternoon." He built the father-child bond at every turn. He'd go out of his way to get to know the parents of our family's friends. He encouraged individual interests and talents, even if it was something he didn't know much about. He was never too busy. His sense of humor always kept things in perspective...for everyone.
He never lost his temper; his cool and calm make him the perfect person to talk to about, well, pretty much anything. He works hard professionally but shows a sense of balance between home and work. He exhibits stellar professional and personal ethics--going above and beyond for clients, family and friends. He knows that money isn't everything and when someone needs a hand, it's good to lend one.
He lives everyday with pride. He's not afraid to try new things and will always do his best in any situation. He knows that might does not make right and doesn't raise his voice or hand in anger, ever. He shows gratitude for nature, for family and for friends.
He is responsible, the epitome of what every dad should be....
So this weekend, make sure you honor the dads and father-figures in your life. Because, though Moms are people you can't live without, a good dad is hard to find. And when you have one, make sure you reflect that goodness in your own life to honor his. That's the best Father's Day gift anyone can possibly give.
My best wishes for a very happy Father's Day to all the "good dads" out there!
Until next time, dearest readers....