I didn’t get to talk about my Dad at the Celebration of his life. In a sense, I was relieved. I had so much to process, so much to think about, that week that to add on presenting and formatting a talk about the man who I had looked up to since I was born might be too much.
Instead, we heard from three great men who he was very close to.
Ron Lang was someone chosen for his knowledge of his early business life in Santa Cruz. We’ve known his family since the early 70’s, so this made total sense. His talk framed exactly the man I knew and was my hero.
Al Greeninger was next. He talked about how Dad was the type that figured out how to get things done, and did them. Another awesome talk.
Then, we heard from my Father’s most recent boss from Anderson Behel, David Mello. Dad had a great job with him there, and he knew him at his very end to be a man who did his job and did it well.
But what about him as a Father? What was he like from the standpoint of what he did to add value to his kids’ lives? How was he as a husband to my mother? For that, you’d have to talk to Mom. Here are my thoughts are, and remember, I can’t speak for my other brothers, I just wanted to write down some thoughts about who he was to me.
He was an amazing Dad.
There was a tape we recorded together when I was like, 3. He took the day off to stay at home with me and I shared with him what I found to be important. Songs and Stories. He got out his guitar, and we sang together.
I know he was always busy with work and providing for us, his family, but he did always know his priorities as a Father and Husband and for that I’m quite grateful.
He gave us his all. I think he also did whatever he could to provide us with our basic needs and then some. It always seems like we got exactly what I wanted in life, whether it was a bike to roam the streets of Santa Cruz and Watsonville, or later, a car filled with gas, where I could travel wherever I wanted to go. We went on trips together to the Family Cabin in La Porte, CA and all over, including Northern and Southern California.
What Dad did though was he also provided us learning experiences, particularly workshops in my teens that really helped me understand the journey of life and why people end up where they are in their lives due to paradigms and processes that are unique to us.
Have a great day and hug your Dad or enjoy your kids as a Father.
All the best,