One of my Dad's friends pulled me aside one day quite a while back and told me something that has always stuck with me. He said.......
" Cris, If I were in the middle of the ocean on a sinking ship with no hope in sight I would absolutely panic and know that I was a gonner. If I was on a sinking ship with Tommy, I would know that I would be OK, we would live and I would never loose hope"
My Dad is the strongest man I know. He is a man who is unafraid to show a softer, funnier and carefree side. He is a total goof ball!
I know this because he has pulled me from the drag of a sinking ship, he has won many watermelon seed spitting battles with me, we have cried from happiness, together we have out fished all the other boats in Avila Cove, eaten like men, glared at competition with a smile on our lips, We have Cleaned my Room Together, sat and not have to say anything at all, EXPLAINED MATH TO ME OVER AND OVER AND OVER, I have driven him MAD and in response he lets me know the payback I receive with my own son, we have sat at the bow of the boat and shared an entire package of Oreos, we have wept in sadness, He has been strong enough to let me fail, and Even stronger enough to tell me when I have succeeded.
I am so thankful for my family and today I get to acknowledge my Dad! THANK YOU FOR THE ALL THE HOPE LOVE AND HELP YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO COMPASS MY WAY THROUGH THE "SEA" OF LIFE!