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It Is Fathers Day

The cliche definition of this day is "it is one in which we honor and remember our fathers"

The assumption could be derived that it is actually possible to "bring up a memory" of our fathers

In many ways, it is impossible for it to be a "memory" when the imprint of our fathers are. in many ways. the essence of who we are

When I was four years old, one of my regular excursions with my father would include rides in his company truck to the Florida phosphate pits

As he put his "Ben Johnson" hardhat on my head, his words are just as vivid now as they were then "Watch Everything I do"

When I was well into my young adult "college" years, my Dad was horribly "scammed" by a woman through the church who was claiming she needed money due to having "cancer"

After giving a significant amount of funds all under "fictitious" means, Id say "Dad,

people will cheat, lie etc....You have to quit...etc...etc...

In his humble graciousness, my Dad said "Well, I guess she really needed it"

"Watch Everything I do"

As I sat by my fathers hospital bed over ten years ago and watched him ascend to his father in heaven

At 94 years old as a WW II Warrior, World Traveler, husband to my mom of 55 years, father to my brother and I, Humble servant, Friend to all, Engineer, Consultant well into his 80's, my father told me once more...

"Watch Everything I do"

Our fathers are embedded into every fibre of who we are

The good, the "ugly", the laughs, the stories, the planted "seeds"

We take all of it in our souls, take "root" in the irreplaceable love given

And plant it once more in our own and in everyone we meet

And in everything we do

Simply, because we watched

"Watch Everything I do"

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