Miss Ya Dad
My father would have been 80 years old on April 6th. He pasted away in 2006. I'm the man today because of his knowledge, his wisdom and his back of his hand. He was my father ,my teacher and my friend. He had faith in me as I graduated from High School when they wanted to throw me out, the last quarter of my Senior year. He guided me into AA with a simple sentence, The day I got home from the Army at 21 years old, I was going through the DT's , he said "Boy you do not miss the Army, your girlfriend, or Germany, your #$#%^ thirsty, why don't you get yourself a drink. As soon as those words rolled off his lips, my life had changed in a split second. All that I knew, all that I lived for went out the window of insanity .He asked me to try 3 AA meeting and I been sober ever since, my first one. Today I'm 30 years clean and sober.
He brought the Haven for Chrissy and I, now 200 special needs kitties have a home because of him. He was a man that commanded respect, he taught me to stand up for the underdog, with my word and fists and fight till the end for what is right and just.
He taught me to love all creatures great and small. He would been proud when we open the Collectible Shop, 5 years today on his birthday in his honor. He took me to auctions and flea markets, when I was 8, I got the picking, in my blood from him.
I hope I made you proud with what I did with my life D.
My life is service to others with and without fur, all because of you.
Love you and miss ya D.