your 28th Fatherís Day since Iíve been
around. This isnít the first time you havenít had a big
fancy gift from me to open and it probably wonít be the
last. But I donít think youíll mind.
One of the greatest things youíve taught me is to
appreciate more than the tangible. You instilled in me a
respect for the things in life that are there for all of
us to enjoy if we look hard enough Ė love, friendship,
clean air, cribbage Ė while still managing to spoil me
rotten. You gave me all the things most parents,
including your own, couldnít afford, but never let me
forget that those things arenít what matter most.
So what does matter most? Integrity? Friendship? Family?
Love? Happiness? Health? Success? Along with cribbage
and cold beer I think itís safe to say weíve covered our
bases. So how do I achieve all those things? Thatís
where you come in.
For nearly 28 years now youíve been trying to teach me
how to get what I want. Youíve attached a moral to every
conversation weíve had. Youíve lead by example. Youíve
praised and youíve reprimanded. Youíve taught me more
than anyone else Iíve ever met. Youíve filled my head
with countless lessons, and although I havenít always
heeded them, theyíre up there. Theyíre up there
simmering, reducing, condensing. 28 years has rendered
them down to a simple set of principles to live by:
Thatís it isnít it? Thatís what itís all about. I truly
believe I could forget everything Iíve learned about
religion, history, politics, the arts, and sales, follow
these three principles and succeed beyond my wildest
dreams. Likewise, I could study every religion, every
history book, every politician, every work of art and
every sales strategy, leave these three principles out
and fall flat on my face. I would add patience to the
list, but itís not a quality you and I share (itís the
Murphy in me). So I must forgo the patience and strike
off with my new six-word doctrine.
Thereís no gift I can give you to express my gratitude
for what youíve taught me. All I can do is say thanks
and try my best to make you proud.
Happy Fatherís Day.