Honor Your Father
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I know, it isn't always easy to say what's in your heart, so I'll go first.
Every morning you got up and went to work when you would have preferred to sleep in, you taught me the importance of commitment. All the years you worked two jobs to make sure we had enough to eat, you taught me the value of hard work. Every Sunday you set the alarm and made sure we attended church services, you taught me the importance of worship. Every time you shared your stories about your Army days, you taught me to respect the service of others. Each time you put my needs before your own, you taught me what it was to be selfless. Those times you paid the bills rather than waste your money on things that weren’t necessary, you taught me the importance of keeping your word. Every time you treated my mother with love and respect, you taught me how to show my spouse love and respect.
It might not have been in your nature to say “I love you,” as often as I would have liked to hear it, but you showed me your love in a hundred different ways that I carry in my heart now and always. I love you, and I hope that I have shown you my love in a hundred different ways that you carry in your heart now and always, so that no matter how far apart we are, our hearts will be connected. I know you could have walked away, made the choice to not be the responsible, caring, God-fearing father you are, so thank you for choosing to stick it out and be
|Dad, circa 1947|