I ran across this picture last week and it reminded me of my Dad. My Dad has always been the guy who knows how to do everything. If he didn't know how to do something he would learn. He would ask someone who did know or read a book on how to do it.
I don't ever recall him saying, "Come over here and let me teach you how to do this." Probably because I was the typical rebellious kid who didn't have time for it. But, what he may not have known is that I watched. I watched him work on the farm we had from early in the morning until late into the dark. I watched him leave the house early in the morning to go to work at what ever place he was working and come home late in the evening. Even as an adult I watched the way he carried himself and the way he talked to other people. I learned by watching.
My dad spent most of his life making sure we - mom, my siblings, and myself - had everything we could possibly need. Even if that meant he went without or if he worked himself ragged. He showed me how important it is to do the right thing even when no one is looking. He has taught me through all the rough times to keep faith in yourself cause no one else is gonna do it for you. He has taught me to take responsibility for my actions, to own up when I am wrong, and to follow through when you give your word even if you don't want to.
So, on this Father's Day I want to thank my dad for not telling me how to live but showing me how to live. I am who I am because of you. I love you, Daddy.