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A Tribute to My Father

Posted by jayemerill@live.com on June 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Father’s Day is a special holiday for me for many reasons.

 

Although my dad passed 15 years ago, his decision to adopt me as his first child will always be embroidered upon my heart. Knowing I was always loved and supported by my dad has meant a great deal to me.

 

My father was an elementary school principal for 43 years, and although he was always busy at work, he adored his five children. Problems were recognized and solved at the dinner table, with an overall feeling of  spontaneity and fun. Each of the kids were allowed to express what they believed; their feelings, thoughts, desires and fantasies, as we were made to understand it was OK to be different from each other.

 

Dad grew up in the depression, and was not a stranger to making sacrifices or being economical. He will always have a major influence upon my point of view about life; although I could do or be anyone I wanted to, it would take some real effort on my part

 

From self-esteem, to confidence, to being a role model, my dad was always there to listen, smile and would reply with a comment about the bright side, especially when I messed up. Mistakes were forgiven and recognized as a chance to learn.

Maybe my father wasn’t perfect, nor were we as his children. But he was the best dad I ever had!

I hope everyone gets a chance to spend time and honor their father's this year.

 

 

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