He has been there for all the big moments, my graduations and birthdays. But, its the little moments I remember the most. The elaborate snowmen he would build or how he let me cry on his shoulder when my heart was broken. We had one major fight in my childhood and I hated every minute. It was hard being so mad at the man who always worked to protect me. I didn't stay mad long. Because I love this guy.
My dad showed me firsthand about big concepts like loyalty, perseverance, bravery and kindness. I can't count the number of times he stopped to help someone who was involved in an accident. He has given to others his whole life. As I have searched for love in this lifetime, I have been able to meet my life partner. And Steve is loyal, shows perseverance, is brave and is one of the kindest people I know. I knew what to search for because my dad showed me.
Steve is a great dad. These two adore him. I feel lucky to be able to watch their relationship evolve, to watch Steve share his knowledge and life lessons. He is the even in our world. He is the calm and the steady. We are all blessed to have him.
Then there is the father I didn't know very well. The father I didn't met until later in life. The father I have had the opportunity to get to know only after his passing. Even though he wasn't a presence in my life, I have learned much from him, have learned much because of him. I learned about how he was as a father by meeting my siblings. It has been an incredible journey. I am sure he is looking down with great happiness knowing we have come together. Today I celebrate the opportunity to be able to share this photo.