Father’s Day is right around the corner, and this Wednesday Word No. 19 is dedicated to all the dads out there raising their children and being involved, in general, in their lives. There’s so much truth to this quote, spoken by Saint Francis de Sales. I’m so grateful that my father exercised a certain level of gentleness with me while growing up. Heck, that trait still cones out these days. Some things don’t require force or a heavy hand, and I’m glad my Pops recognized this. It reminds me of the days when he was a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Sure, he was giving the new recruits hell on any given day. But when he got home, my brother and me were so happy that he left that angry persona there. He was just good ol’ dad, the one who offered wisdom amid confusion and reassurance amid hurt. He was and still is our rock.
With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my dad for his gentleness, selflessness and the many times he inconvenienced himself just so me and my brother could have access to certain things. Happy Father’s Day, Pops! You are loved and appreciated.