Father’s Day is a time of reflection for many of us. This week I’ve been thinking a lot about my childhood and my Dad and about being a Dad. There have been many times during my adult years when I found myself saying or doing something my Dad did that I said I would never do. Guess what? We all end up saying and doing things just like our Dad’s. It’s in the genes (not jeans) as “they” say. I’ll leave the discussion of who “they” are for another time.
A few key words that always remind me of my Dad:
Hard Work – Dedication – Compassion – Fishing
I’m not an easy man to please. Just ask my wife, children and employees. I am confident they will agree. I am equally confident they will tell you I am passionate about my family and my business and dedicated to making sure both are successful. My definition of success may surprise you. I consider myself successful when I am able to give back to others. Donating to those in need has always been important to me. It is so important I’ve made it a cornerstone of my business which is where compassion comes into my story. I put my dreams of starting a new business on hold after Hurricane Katrina devastated my home and the homes of those around me. Rebuilding and helping others was the priority. It was a very difficult time for everyone in the area including my family and those closest to me. Out of that devastation came a new day and a new appreciation for life.
I hope my children think of me as a strong and dependable Dad, but also a fun Dad. You see, I am passionate about boating and fishing. I’ve had the good fortune to share this passion with my family. This is a legacy passed down by my Grandfather to my Dad to me and now to my children. One day, too soon, they will share boating and fishing with their children and the legacy will continue.
So, what is Father’s Day to me? It is a day to remember how fortunate I am…
…to have grown up with a loving family who enjoyed boating and fishing.
…to have a family of my own; a beautiful wife and wonderful children.
…to have a business manufacturing a product I invented.
Here’s wishing all of you Dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!