December 8, 2017 – Hard Working Man

Apparently December is the month for loved one’s birthdays for the authors of this blog. Today is my Dad’s birthday. He has always been the template for the man I wanted to be – strong, responsible, determined, honest, and dependable. If my Dad said he was going to do something – he did it. I can remember so many moments from my childhood where my Dad provided me and my brother a text book example of how to be a man. He met people with a smile a firm handshake and always looked them in the eyes. He was a man’s man as they say. Whenever I watch John Wayne movies, I think of him.

My Dad was blue collar and proud of the hard work he did, day-in and day-out. He literally worked sun up to sun down with little complaint. When he did something, he always did his best. He instilled that lesson in both of his sons. I remember one particular incident where he had asked me to sweep out the garage. I was a typical teenager and did a very poor job of it and then went to watch TV.  My Dad called me back to the garage where he proceeded to show me what a good job looked like, then he tossed all the dirt and leaves he had just swept back into the garage and stood there while I did the job the right way – to his standard. He made it clear there were no excuses to doing any job poorly. Which reminds me of my favorite quote – which I might have shared, but will share again because it reminds me of him.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

That is my Dad. Happy birthday to a fantastic Dad and my role model.

 

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