Dad has always been an inspiration to me. His humor and ingenuity and fiery spirit are in my blood, and his selflessness when it comes to his family are inestimable and inimitable.
I have my Dad to thank for many things, but one gift I’m particularly grateful for is that irrepressible energy of his. He hasn’t had it easy. He went through a rough divorce when he was young and lost a son to that. He’s cared for my brother Danny for almost 30 years now, since the car wreck he had in 1990 that left him permanently and totally disabled. For the past 10 years or more, our Mom has been more or less bedridden with a variety of ailments, from rheumatoid arthritis to cataracts.
The best laid plans are often undone by unforeseen circumstances such as these. But through all that Dad somehow maintains a sense of humor, and manages to stay active physically. He always finds the energy to play with his grandkids.
Maybe the best lesson Dad has taught me through his example, one that I hope to show my children through my actions, is to keep going, no matter what. We do not give up, Dad and me, and his grandchildren will be the same, thanks to him.