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You’re Never Too Old

November 15th, 2011

My dad was born on Nov. 15, 1941.  That was a long-ass time ago, so I’ll let you do the math.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the things he did for us – whether he realized it at the time, or not.

My dad led by example.  Not only did he preach, “Hard work pays off,” he lived it.  As children, we spent many summers at work with my dad.  Watching him sweat day after day – there was a tangible correlation to the work/reward relationship.

When work was done, we were playing.  And Dad was right there with us.  I don’t remember a summer day that didn’t involve playing with Dad.  Swimming, running, fishing, tennis, cycling, basketball, exploring – Dad was the biggest kid on the block and the one everyone wanted on their team. 

Dad still works and plays, and still leads by example.  When I asked him what he was going to do on his birthday he said, “Since I can’t shoot my age in golf, I think I’ll ride my age.”

Thanks for showing me that hard work pays off and that you’re never too old to play.  Because of you, I realize that these notions will be appreciated by my kids – whether they realize it now, or not.

Happy birthday, Dad.  I hope you had a good ride.

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