The most influential man in my life turned 82 years old over the weekend. That man is my Father, Gerald Rees. He is my rock, my exemplar, my advisor, my hero, and my friend. He taught me that that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to if I am willing to work hard at it. He is always willing to give me honest feedback on what I can be doing to become my best self while encouraging me and building me up to know he believes in me with all his heart. My father set the standard for the type of man I should marry and without his influence I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.
Knowing I wouldn’t get to spend his birthday with him due to the Coronavirus risk it made it all the more important for me to find the perfect birthday card to give him – one that would express exactly the way I feel about him. I can’t count the number of cards I read before I found the perfect one. It read:
Front of card: “At what age does a daughter stop needing her Dad?
Inside the card: “I’ll let you know when I get there.”
It was perfect! It expressed exactly how I feel because I do still need my Dad…now and always! Every daughter needs her Dad because a Father’s love gives her the foundation she needs to know she is capable of accomplishing anything.
I am so grateful my father is still alive and around to be my rock and I pray he continues to be for many more years to come. I am also grateful that my Father gave me the gift of making sure that I know that he is not the only father who loves me and is always going to be there for me – my father has always let me know that I also have a Heavenly Father who is always here for me too and who loves me unconditionally. What greater gift can a father give his daughter than to help her understand she has two fathers who love her?! Thanks for that Dad!
I wish I could have given my Dad a giant hug for his birthday, but at least I was able to take him his favorite Aggie Ice Cream and sing to him from his front porch as I was able to see his smiling face through his glass front door….I love that smile! And I love you Dad! HAPPY 82nd BIRTHDAY!!!!
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the newly released book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )