Today is my fathers birthday. He would have been 70 today. I say would have been because he passed away just over 2 years ago, losing a battle to cancer. I miss him everyday, but there are really three days where it hits me the hardest. Today (his birthday), my birthday and the day he passed from this life to the next.
My relationship with my dad went through many changes. There were times I hated him, there were times we just didn’t see eye to eye. There were times (many of them) where he was my best friend. Father, friend, coach, advisor and role model he wore many hats and fit into many different roles. As I reflect today (as I do many days about our relationship) I am pleased to think of the good times. I also think of the lessons he has taught me both while he was alive and after he passed (yes, we never stop learning from our parents) and how they have helped shape me into the man, husband and father I am today.
I hope and pray that I set as good an example as a father myself, and that I wear many hats as well as and in some cases, better than he did.