We all have them. Some are still with us, others are not. Either way, living or not, he is the man who made us, taught us, and helped us to become who we are today. He was there to teach us how to ride our first bike, fix our broken toys, and to pat us on the back when we did something right. He took us for our first hair cut down at the local barber shop, made us a soap box car out of an old milk crate, built us our first hickory bow and arrow, and gave us our first wippin out behind the house.
Sometimes he got made, which caused us to hate him, but when he was proud, it caused us to forgive him. He taught us how to swing a hammer, to throw a fastball, and how to hide the pain when we got knocked down. He told us to be tough and to never cry, even though the pain or punishment hurt. Yet we watched and saw how soft he got whenever Mom walked into the room and gave him a smile. He gave his all for us, and sometimes it felt like days until he returned home from work. Even though he was tired, he always made time for us and Momma.
Dad was a good man, and it seemed like everyone knew of him. "Oh, you're Glenn's boy, he's a good man and I like him a lot", words that made me feel proud of my Dad. I was aways referred to as Glenn's boy, and at times I used to think someday he will be referred to as Troy's Dad. But you know, I want to be considered Glenn's boy for a long, long time. I'm proud of my Dad, and appreciate all of the blood, sweat and tears that he gave, to give me the best. He tried to teach me right from wrong, and he was always there to pick me up if things didn't work out. He was always willing to give me advice, no matter if I needed it or not. His example of being a father has helped me to be the best father I can be with my kids and I try to apply Dad's teaching to them.
He's a friend, a companion, a buddy, a tractor partner, a provider, a shelter, an investor, a business consultant, a grandfather, and a conselour. But more than any of these things, He's my Dad!
Appreciate the time you have with your Dad if you can, and let him know how much you appreciate all of his efforts throughout the years, in providing you the very best he could. And don't be afraid to tell him you Love him.