The Union Recorder

Columns

June 15, 2013

COLUMN: Thanks Dad, for everything you taught me

(Continued)

MILLEDGEVILLE —

He taught me the value of an education. I was the first Rowland boy to graduate from college. I am the only teacher in my family, as far as I can tell, and I entered that vocation at a time when winning the bread on a teacher’s salary was next to impossible. I think he is proud that I found my way differently from anyone else in the family. 

He also taught me perseverance. I can never remember a day when I didn’t believe I could do anything.  I think part of that is just my personality, but some of it also comes from watching his example.

When my own sons got married, he taught me never to give them money to pay their bills. That sort of went along with the “find your own way” theme. He did, however, teach me to help them financially every time I got the chance. 

He taught me to be the voice of reason. I mentioned before that my mother could be a little domineering, and her son was committed to the aforementioned hard-headedness I alluded to earlier, suffice it to say my dad played referee much more than he deserved. 

When my mother got sick, he taught me the meaning of unconditional love. He was by her side every minute of every day — and most days were not pretty. Perhaps the most important thing he taught me was to teach my sons to love the mother of their children. The world would be a better place if more men understood that.

I don’t get to talk to my own sons as much as I’d like. One is in Florida chasing his dream and the other is in Virginia serving his country. When we do talk every conversation ends with, “I love you, Dad.”

I don’t remember a time when my dad said, “I love you.” But the one thing he taught me, above all else, is that he does. Perhaps the most powerful love of all is the kind that never has to be spoken.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad, and thanks for everything you taught me.   

 

Text Only
Columns
Poll
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks