Great men and women live forever. They live through the lives they’ve touched, and the things they’ve accomplished.
Great men and women own up to their flaws and overcome them. When they make mistakes they accept responsibility and learn from them.
Great men choose to share their lives and loves with other great people. They marry great women (or other men–yeah, that’s right), and form great families.
Great men and women let their children thrive and find their own ways in life. Great men and women teach, but they also allow mistakes so that the children can actually learn something.
Great men and women foster great love and loyalty. They support and are supported in return–a family that never lets any member sag or fall.
My father is a great man. And despite his failing body, he will never die. I will live my life hoping to someday become even half the man that he is. I will continue to try to make him proud–to leave a mark on this world that makes him smile.
When I raise a family of my own, I will try my hardest to emulate his guidance and example. I will let my children grow, learn, and find their own paths.
I will buy my kids a terrible computer so that they can learn how to fix it and make it better.
I will always indulge their crazy world ideas, only countering with points and information that force them to truly think about their positions.
I will let my children pursue their dreams–never pushing them toward the path that I think best. At the same time, I will make damn sure they also know how to make it in this world. It’s possible to do both.
I will always love and support my wife and future family. I will do everything in my power to make sure that they have the best life possible.
I will not allow personal opportunity to trump my family’s well-being. When a major life-decision is made, it will be made with the consent of everyone impacted.
I will do all of these things, because my dad did them for me. I will forever be grateful, and I will never forget. That is how my dad will never truly die. He has been made immortal through his actions and the love he bares his family.
Though it’s woefully inadequate, I have this to say to my dad: Thank you. I love you.
I’m incredibly lucky to have the family that I have. I have great mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. I have a great wife, and even a great dog. To them, I say, thank you for being a part of my life, and I love you all. Oh, and Cisco, no more peeing in the house.