Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord they God giveth thee. –Exodus 20:12
I would like to take today to honor my dad. Today is his birthday and he will be 69 which means that next year he will be the big 70. I had not realized until this moment that he was so close to being another decade older than the last time I checked. (In fact, I had to check his age against my mom’s. He is four years older than her and that is how I have always calculated their ages. I figure out how old one is in order to get the others. It always changes depending on who I need to check.)
My dad is not perfect. He never was and he likely never will be.
That’s just how the cookie crumbles.
But he has tried his best to raise me and to do what he believed was right for me even if I (very greatly) disagreed.
I would not be who I am today without him and for that I am grateful to him.
I love you, Dad, and I hope that this next year is full of wonderful memories just as others have in the past for even sorrow can bring you joy.