I couldn't imagine the man I would be today if it weren't for my Dad. My dad has taught me the value in keeping my commitments, being on time, he passed on a fraction of his handiness to me, & my overall sense of humor I got from my Dad.
My Dad has such a big heart, he is selfless & almost to a fault he helps others with their projects long before he tackles his own "To Do List." There is nothing my Dad can't do.
My dad used to park his Harley in the living room, my friends and I always got a kick out of it when he would come home and the house would start to shake. My Dad Loves to ride and now that I have a Harley of my own, we can go on trips together on the motorcycles. Working on the bikes together is a bond we have formed over the years.
I can't even count the times I have called my dad with a question, a problem or needing help around the house and he was over before I could hang up the phone. My dad is the most selfless person I know, he is ALWAYS helping others around him with some kind of an electrical side job, an upgrade to their home or helping fix their car on the side of the road. (myself included)
Thank you Dad for all you do.
I learned 3 things from my Dad...
Sure enough, the 1st weekend I had my bike I got pulled over and got so many tickets I couldn't ride the bike home. The options were to tow it or to call someone with a motorcycle license to come and get it, I asked "How much is the Tow?" I didn't want to call my Dad at midnight, have to ask him to come and get it and tell him
he was Right.
I called my Dad and said "I'm OK, but you need to come and get me, I got a bunch of tickets..."
CLICK, he hung up. I called him back and said " I don't know if that was your phone or mine... but you gotta come and get me."
My dad came and got me and rode the bike home and when we got home we talked in the garage before going to bed. I learned indirectly from my Dad that night that We as family, friends and co-workers are going to disagree on some things, but it's important we Support the other people in the process.
After working an 8-10 hour day, my Dad came to my house & then we went to Jeff's house in Aurora and very quickly my Dad was able to identify the problem and fix it within the 1st hour we were there & then we left.
On our way out apparently Jeff tried to give my Dad some cash and said "If you didn't come I would have had to pay someone else a lot more money" and my Dad refused the money and said, "I know, that's why we came."
I learned from my Dad that night that we all have a unique set of skills, some of us are born with them and others have spent years crafting them; share what you are good at & you will get it back 10 fold.
I had an idea but I wanted to hear what he said, so I asked him to tell me... Todd said my Dad was going on and on about my brothers 2 boys and the new house him and his wife bought and how well I was doing at work...
Then Todd asked me if I ever told my Dad I loved him? I said "Oh No, no, we don't need to do that." Todd has 2 girls so I figured it may be easier for his two girls at least to tell him they love him...
He said to try it.
A few weeks later my Dad was over and I was having a difficult time with some things, I was down on my luck and he could tell. He assured me everything was going to be alright and he told me what I needed to do to get through things. On his way out I grabbed him and gave him a hug and I said how much I appreciated everything he does for me and "I love you." He responded "I love you too" It was awkward for us, but it was a good feeling knowing someone else knows how much they mean to you.
I learned that weekend to Tell the people who are Important to you that you care about them.
I get my sense of humor from you and my work ethic.
My love for a good Chicago hot dog comes from you along with my ear for Pink Floyd & Eric Clapton, thank you.
You are an inspiration to me, you motivate me and encourage me to do good work and I am honored to call you my Dad.