My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. -Jim Valvano
Time seems to pass so quickly.
Only moments ago, I was little girl on your lap.
Your strong arms lifting me high into the air.
I stood atop your toes.
I hung like a monkey from your bicep.
Scrambled up your back.
Rode like a warrior princess, seated on your shoulders.
Your callused hand holding mine.
Teaching me the pride to be found in hard work.
Cultivating a “never give up” attitude in me.
Navigating your newfound role as father.
Steering, guiding, offering wisdom.
Even in those moments when teenhood came.
I was listening.
You picked me up through sadness.
You always helped me find what was truly in my heart.
You let me make my own decisions.
And own the consequences.
You brought laughter.
You poured out love.
Raised two children.
Papa to five.
I can never convey all that you are.
All that you taught me to be.
I offer these simple words of love and thanks on your special day.
Happy 60th Birthday Dad!
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom. -Umberto Eco
Let your light shine!