For years, when asking Dad what he’d like for Father’s Day (or Christmas, or his birthday) he’d say, “I don’t need anything.”
And I’d always wonder, how could you not want a present? I was much younger, with an empty apartment and a long wish list. So, I just didn’t get it.
But in more recent years, I totally get it. I get feeling like you want for nothing, that there’s nothing off of the store shelves that could add value to my life.
My Dad has taught me to appreciate life, and to value family, relationships and love.
One Father’s Day about 20 years ago, I went to visit him. I was in my twenties, single and broke. So, all I had to give him was a hug. I felt bad for not being able to give a present, but he told me that my hug meant more to him than any of the presents he’d opened that day.
I knew he meant it.
He’s taught me to work hard.
He taught me how to play softball.
He taught me the true meaning of sacrifice.
When I was little, Dad used to let me beat him at arm wrestling. I was young enough to believe that I won.
I get my sense of style from him.
I get my compassionate nature from him.
My attention to detail….I learned it from Dad.
My Dad cried at all of his kids graduations, weddings, having children…
and he cries at all of the grandkids birthdays. I take after my Dad that way.
My Dad enjoys a nice glass of wine. Me too.
He likes the outdoors, family gatherings and prefers intimate settings. So do I.
Oh, and he enjoys gardening. In fact, he taught me how to garden.
And how could I forget, Dad is has a very creative mind. I recognize my own mind from his.
My Dad is a humble man. Not one who easily accepts a compliment, or readily asks for help. I take after my Dad.
I’ve learned a lot from Dad.
I love my Dad.
And I’m proud to say Happy Father’s Day!