Thanking my Dad

Another Father’s Day is coming to a close. I’ve yet to call my Dad but I will soon. But I did spend part of the day thinking about how great my Dad is and how I continue to want to please him and model much of his life. I created tributes to him in 2005 and 2006. Time for another one.

My Dad has many legacies. He was great husband (Mom passed away in 1996) and father and did meaningful work. Wrapped around all this was a strong faith that was the foundation for our family. One of my Dad’s greatest qualities is how he makes people feel. My father’s genuine concern for people and encouragement for them is easily observed. He’s curious, optimistic and caring.

I’m not sure who said this but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately as I work with teachers and parent my children and try to be a great husband:

“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

Our connection to each other is not totally based on the content we share or the work we do but how we share it and the relationships we build. I’m grateful for a father who lives this everyday.

Time to call my Dad.