[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJxV_ObpO2k[/youtube]“Father” by definition, is the one man in a child’s life who should always provide a safe haven of unconditional love. I hope that all of you have had that kind of a relationship with your father and you are able to celebrate this weekend with him. For me though, this is a tough holiday–the first Father’s Day without my dad. For those of you who don’t know my story, I’d like to share a part of it–and him with you.

Dad wasn’t always in my life, he met my mother when I was a little girl and he not only helped her to pick up the shattered pieces of her life–he loved her and embraced her two little girls as his own. I don’t know where I would have ended up if my dad hadn’t married Mom. I can’t remember my biological father, but Daddy was my hero.

When my mother died, he took the foreground, encouraged and believed in me and taught me to believe in myself. Whenever I had problems or hit speed bumps, he listened to me and helped me realize I had something to say. Over the years and through all of my mistakes, he said I could reach for the stars and accomplish anything I wanted, and now I’m finally following my dreams.

Daddy passed away last November and it was hard to even imagine a world without him in it, but he lives in my heart and in everything I do. So, my blog today is a tribute to my Dad and to all the wonderful fathers out there. Happy Father’s Day.

I wanted to share this video of an old sitcom from the 1960s. It’s the original debut of Paul Peterson’s “My Dad”, a song that has always reminded me of my own dad. Where ever Daddy is I hope he hears it and knows he meant the world to me. I love you, Daddy.

Casi

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