Today is Father's Day - my father's day, for it is his birthday. I have lived my whole life in ignorance by not understanding my father.
Today he is seventy-two years old, and though far from me in distance, close in my heart.
Not until today did I come to realize that he is my hero: a man so brave that he gave up everything the second he saw me and held me
in his arms. That was the moment he made an oath that, from then on, he would put his family's needs ahead of his own. Throughout
my life, whenever I'd stop being selfish for a minute, I'd see that he made such a big sacrifice and gives- without expecting anything in
He gave up so many things -including his career- so that his family would be happy. He put aside his needs and those things important
only to him, but not for the whole family. If he ever complained it happened so quietly that I never heard him utter a word. When I was
younger I asked him why he didn't say more. His reply was, "Because I love you all and your happiness is mine."
My father is humble. He isn't the type who talks about his quality -he just goes about his business. A man of principle, he adheres by
what he believes is right. He doesn't tell me how to be a good person; but, rather, he is an excellent example by the way he conducts
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He shows me that an honest person must be honest from the heart, which is then reflected in his words and actions. He shows me how
to be a good person at home as well as a good citizen to society. He teaches me to be humble and grateful.
Today is February 4th, and it is my father's day. It's the day I wake up from being selfish and become -at least- half the man he is. I
will endeavor to follow in his footsteps by passing everything I've learned from him on to my own children, and I will be happy with what
life brings me so long as I am with my family.
To me, the fourth of February is Father day. I love you, father.