This poem reminds me how much my Father has cultivated everything in my life, fostering growth deep down in my soul. His character and moral fiber have turned me into a strong man with a caring spirit. As a biology teacher and coach, my Dad inspired students and athletes (including myself) on a daily basis, pushing them to reach their full potential. With everything that he has been through, he continues to maintain a positive attitude and a level-headed determination that I truly admire. When he was in his early 30’s, he had a horrible bout with ulcer of colitis and had to have his large intestine surgically removed and wear a colostomy bag. However, he did not let this life altering event change him one iota and has since run numerous marathons (including the Boston Marathon, twice), won Montana Coach of the Year in Track & Field, and just last year, was nominated Montana Teacher of the Year and went to Washington DC to meet the President. I am very proud of my father and humbly aspire to greatness everyday, just as he taught me.
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Wow, he certainly is a top Pop. Very inspirational.
Thank you! I am very blessed to have a Dad who inspires me to reach my goals and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle by exercising my mind, body and spirit. He is my role model whose words and actions have conditioned my character through Nature and Nurture. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, my friend, and happy birthday to your Mother. I really enjoyed your heartfelt post about her – she has been blessed with good health, longevity and wonderful children 😉
Thank you for your birthday greetings to my mother. Perhaps her good health and long life can be attributed to her long years in the company of little ones. She was a preschool teacher for decades.
Teachers are the wellsprings of minds, both young and old. I grew up in a household of teachers and have the utmost respect for your mother and what she accomplished.
So you were well brought up 🙂
You betcha then! Brought up well by a Dane and Norweigan 😉
You both are very blessed and deserving of one another – I have really appreciated the last few posts honoring your father – not everyone has such a loving story to tell or can reflect/express that genuine soul nurturing outwardly as inspiration and encouragement for others to strive for the same – this is the real juice of not just parenting, but of being human – to be someone worthy of emulation and to have one’s efforts be so graciously received and appreciated –
thanks for sharing!
You are most welcome, DN, and thank you for your kind and thoughtful words! Hope you had a relaxing weekend, my friend 🙂