For the first time in my forty-nine years on this big blue marble, I do not have a father to celebrate today. Since he left us in April, my siblings and I have been dealing with his loss and making plans for his last farewell, when we will travel to Bermuda to scatter my parent's ashes, in accordance with their last wishes. The song above played behind the video montage that we played during his viewing at the funeral home - we learned that it was one of my father's favorites and he wanted it played when he died.
However, today is not all maudlin. For the past 12 years, I have been lucky enough to be a father myself, when LBA arrived on the scene. I became a double dad in 2007 when SoBA joined us. I have done my best at this father thing - taking some cues from my father, and figuring out the rest as i went along. I hope that if you were to ask LBA and SoBA, if I was doing a good job - they would tell you yes.
Thanks Dad, for everything.
Thanks LBA and SoBA, for making this a day for me to be celebrated.
I love all of you.