There are so many things I've gotten from my Father, blue eyes, a singing voice, and a desire to fly being just the tip of the ice burg.
When I was a child, I learned that my Father was an important man, a kind of hero who people could call, at almost any time, and he'd arrive to fix their problems. There was no end to his strength. As I began to grow he invited me to come with him on these rescue missions. Fixing refrigerators, air conditioners, and coolers across the valley gave us an opportunity to talk, and gave me a chance to learn from him.
Here is a man like no other,
He taught me to shave,
He taught me to work,
He taught me to reach for the stars,
He taught me to listen, to see the world from every perspective.
He taught me what it is to be a man,
He taught me respect, he showed me what it is to be a gentleman.
He is the kind of Father I can always talk to,
He is the first person I told about my first kiss.
When I worked along side him, we spoke about life, philosophy exchanged between the wrench and blow torch about how to live life, and where to spend your energies.
He is the kind of man I will admire, look up to, and aspire to be through the history of all time.
We would sit on top of a house on the outskirts of town, eleven o-clock at night, -10 degrees outside, discussing the value of time. As a young teenager I'd throw out whatever thought fell into my head, and he'd help me mold it, guide it into a well formed thought with discussion, and the purest form of mentoring. Luke Skywalker had Obi-Wan, I had my Dad. On this evening, he said "When you grow, don't put yourself into a job you have to work like this, blue Collar is fine for me, but you can do better." I've said it before, that the voice your parents use on you becomes your inner voice, the one that says "You can do anything you put your mind to." So now I'm grown, and every good thing in my life comes from that inner voice that says "You can do it!" and "Never give up." The voice that says "don't lose track of what's most important. Work, is a means to an end, not the end. Family matters."
This video doesn't remind me of my Father, it reminds me of the most valuable lesson I learned from my Father. Time moves pretty fast, when you turn around your children are grown, cherish every moment.
Looking through memories, I stumbled onto this one… and they really do get big so fast, even when you keep your eye on every moment.