Have you ever met someone who is always cheery, never complains, and always has something positive to say? My dad has always been that person. His contagious sense of humor always lifts the occasion. I owe a lot to my dad. His positive attitude has lifted me out of tough situations numerous times. He has always been there for me.
My dad has always enjoyed success in life. He never had much monetarily and he had a normal job as an artist and photographer. He amazed everyone by working until he was 75 and retiring then only because of a company policy. My dad has spent his later years busier than ever. Leaving smiles wherever he goes.
His true success in life is people. He understood the joy in lifting other people up, making them smile, and leaving them changed in a positive way.
He always left other people better than he found them.
Yesterday my dad was lifted up.
God reached down from heaven and took him home at age 94.
I miss my dad more than any words can express.
I lost my best friend.
A Tribute to My Dad
This weekend I’m in a humorous speech contest at the District 12 Convention for Toastmasters. I wanted to bring my dad so he could see me compete and to make other people laugh.
I’ll be in that contest, sharing the greatest gift my dad ever gave me. His wonderful sense of humor.
And I’m sure my dad will be watching from Heaven.
Dad… this speech is for you!
Update: I gave this speech in November of 2005 where I came in second place in the District 12 humorous speech contest. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
My dad’s love of photography and art certainly trickled down to me. He always had a camera with him, usually in front of his face. The photo above is how you would usually find him. Capturing photos, video, or stories from wherever he was. It’s funny, looking back, I have so many pictures from my childhood, but very few of my dad. He was always the one taking them. If only selfies were popular back then!