THANK YOU, DAD.

by Steve Clem on June 20, 2010

My dad is the most moral man I know.

He won’t jaywalk. He might say he will, but he won’t.

If he had a late DVD return at the movie store, you can bet your ass he wouldn’t drop the DVD in the night return slot. Nope. Because he wouldn’t have a late DVD.

I admire my dad on so many levels.

I admire him for his work ethic. When we were young, my brothers and I didn’t always see my dad much. Because he was working harder to bring home money to feed our ever-growing appetites.

I admire my dad for the fact that he doesn’t waffle. He knows what he believes in, and stands by it.

I admire my dad because he has always understood the notion of the greater good. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Iowa, he promptly enrolled in the U.S. Army. His pay in the military was not anything compared to what he might make practicing law. But it was consistent. The turtle beats the hare. An important value he instilled in me.

I admire my dad because he not only made us laugh, he taught us how to make others laugh. And laughter is medicine…and has helped keep my brothers and I close over the years. Despite many a fight, many an angry moment, and many a mile between us as we grew older.

I admire my dad for his faithfulness to my mom. Just shy of 51 years, things aren’t perfect for them, but they’re perfect for each other. I only wish that I could find the person in my life that would be with me 51 years later (stop doing the math, I know I’ll be dead by then).

Most of all, I admire my dad because he has lived his life the right way, from beginning to present day. Is he perfect? No. I learned some of my best cuss words when he’d be doing wallpaper projects for my mom.

But he’s my dad. And he did a helluva job considering all the things he had to put up with. And without speaking for my brothers, I can still say that all three of us are who we are today because of the role our dad played in our lives.

Thank you dad. I can only hope that someday I’ll have two boys who feel the same way about me as I do about you.

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Steve Clem originally published this piece on the blog A Prisoner in the Tundra.

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