Thank you for being such a good dad, for attending my soccer games and ballet recitals. Thank you for the fun birthday party, and that awesome vacation. Thank you for spending countless hours driving me around and even letting me pick the music, sometimes. Thank you for teaching me the value of music, and for showing me that no matter what you are facing you, should never stop singing.
Thank you for showing me what unconditional love looks like, for loving me and knowing when I needed a hug. Thank you for knowing me better then I know myself, especially during those “growing pains” years. Thank you for giving me wings and letting me fly, while still knowing I would always have a place to come home to. At the same time, thank you for encouraging me to reach for the stars, while making sure my feet were firmly planted on the floor. Thank you for teaching me to take every opportunity that came my way, but to never feel entitled to any of them. Thank you for explaining to me that it’s good to be proud of accomplishments, but that accomplishments don’t make one person better then the next.
You showed me what it means to truly be generous, and to give without expecting in return. You taught me that success in life is not measured by the number of dollars in your bank account, but by the number of smiles you can collect by using those dollars to help others. You showed me how to be strong and courageous in life. You lead by example and you teach not only with words, but also with actions.
I promise to remember all of the things you have taught me and I promise to live in a way that makes you proud. Finally, and most importantly, thank you for being “the best dad in the world” (as most Kindergartners would say).
Happy Father’s Day!