Reflections on My Father: Why He's a Very Special Dad & Grandpa! by Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Dads have a special place in my heart. I can't remember a time when I didn't feel that my father was there for me. Like so many of us do, I've had many ups and downs over the years. And throughout the roller coaster of my life, no matter what I was going through, he was the steady presence that helped me through. Yes, my father has always been my rock.
As a child, I'll never forget him telling my sister and I that we were the prettiest girls in the world (even though we knew we weren't). All that mattered was that in his eyes, we were. Girls need that self-esteem, and he made sure we had it. As the patriarch of our family, my dad set the example of how to live life as a good person. He always seemed to make the right decisions, and he was a true role model for his kids.
As a grandfather, my dad has maintained this steady presence and leadership by example. My children already have had many ups and downs in their young lives. And throughout it all, Grandpa has been there to steady the boat and set it back on course. I believe my kids would tell you that Grandpa is their role model, and I'm so grateful they have my dad in their life. He's the best grandfather any kid could ask for!
So on Father's Day, I love recognizing this special man in different ways. But the reality is, when it comes to him, every day is Father's Day!
(The photo above is my dad with my three kids at our family lake home in Lake of the Ozarks, my father's "happy place." It's there that he taught us all to fish, to connect, to work hard, to relax and enjoy.)