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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Honoring My Father on Father's Day

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

A true father is what he was and still is. He became a father at 20 years old and he stepped up to the plate. I often hear the stories of how he wanted everyone he knew to come to the house to see me when I was born. There are also many photos of us together when I was just a baby. As I got older I became his son instead of his daughter. He taught me how to fish, change a tire and check the fluids in my car and even to shoot a gun. My mother often called me her second husband, because I could assemble any gadget. Even though he worked a lot to take care of his wife and daughter, but when he was not working I was always with him. Yes I am definitely a "Daddy's Girl". My mother still teases me about following him around like a little puppy.
My dad took care of me whenever I was sick, yes my mother was there but she had the fear a sick people, so she would be standing in the shadows telling him what to do. This is still funny to me, and yes she is still afraid of anyone that moans with pain.
My father was never an affectionate person, I mean the touch-y feel-y type, but I never doubted that he loved me and that I was the most important thing in his life. My parents were both very strict disciplinarians. My dad was especially very strict with the curfews and boyfriends, as well as other hard-fast rules, but today I really appreciate all of those rules. He was easy to talk to and even easier to love. The only problem with having this kind of father is that the other men that come along in my life just doesn't measure up.
I have been blessed to have two good and dedicated parents that loves me, and for this I will be eternally grateful.


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