I love the story mom tells about when you refused to take a break. You were doing what you do best: building homes.
She had important news, so she yelled her words up. And my dad -my big, strong father- nearly toppled down.
I love how much I amazed you, just as an announcement. Barely a concept. Not even a name.
It took longer for me to return that sense of amazement. You were many other things to me first: familiar, funny, smart, supportive.
We have always been close. But I had to become myself before I could realize how much I got from you.
Thank you for patience. Thank you for a strong work ethic. Thank you for perseverance, friendliness, and silliness. Thank you for your wisdom and honor. Thank you for my life. It’s a good one, like you.
Happy birthday dad.