Happy Father's Day!! To my husband: thanks for being a great dad. David loves you so much and still seeks your approval. You guys may butt heads at times but you are still the most influential person in his life.
My Dad passed away 15 years ago. Yesterday I was with my sisters and we talked about some our fondest memories and advice dad gave us. The best advice he gave me was that when I was nervous/scared about going into a new situation to pretend I owned the place. I was going to a new high school at the end of my freshman year (yes, my parents made me change schools at the worst times!!). I was so scared (never having going through this before) but his advice bolstered my confidence (even if it was fake confidence). I've carried that advice in my heart all these years and have relied on it several times.
To my son: one day you will make a terrific father. You will love them, encourage them, push them, and make them mad : ) You will say things to them that you swore you'd never say ('because I said so") and you will hear things from them that you said to your dad ("you never let me do anything").
To my sisters: thanks. I love you so much. You are my friends and such a part of me. Without your support over the last 47 years, I don't know where I'd be. I'm a better person because of your influence.
Life is good...through all its ups and downs and twists and turns. I long for heaven but I have joy on earth.