19 years ago today, my dad left this world for an adventure in the next. You'd think time would ease the pain, but I miss him as much today, as I have for 19 years.
I am thankful for the memories, and the time and education he gave me. He taught me real world knowledge, such as how to change the oil, and operate the tractor, how to do basic repairs around the house, and most importantly, how to use my brain. Sometimes I forget the last part, and I get a reminder!
While it is a tough day for me, it is bittersweet. But to those of you out there with kids, take a little extra time with them, every chance you can! It is important! And if you have daughters, don't think of them differently than sons. They can appreciate stuff many would not ever consider. My biggest regret is that I did not learn even more from dad, because when we grow up, we tend to follow our own paths. If I'd spent more time tinkering on things with him, I might be half the mechanic he was.
And thanks for letting me share all of that with my family here.