“Dad; A Daughter’s First Love; A Son’s First Hero”

As we look ahead to yet another Father’s Day it’s so very hard to believe, that my own father has been gone for over three years now. My dad was the most important and influential person in my life, and I will always be eternally grateful for having worked by his side in a family owned business for fifteen-years.

They were easily the most rewarding and memorable years of my life, in which he taught me many things, but showed me so much more. It was during this time that we became extremely close; both my daughters were born; I bought my first home and experienced the loss of a grandparent, his father.

We also met a variety of interesting people along the way from many walks of life, which allowed me to witness his interactions with others in amazement, as there was never a time that he didn’t treat everyone no matter who they were, the very same way, he himself would like to be treated.

He was truly inspiring and I could not have had a better role model. So Dad, as my hero I would like to not only thank you for all you taught me, but also for “everything” I have become. I hope this makes you proud.

Like Father, Like Son.

I have followed in your footsteps,
you have taught me many things,
shown me many more.

Like, what it was to be a caring son,
takes to be a devoted father,
means to be a loving grandfather.

I will never forget all you taught me,

always treasure what you have shown me.
In life, it is less important what you are,
than what you become.

If I can become, as caring a son,
devoted a father, loving a grandfather.

It will be your legacy I keep.

© Richard Lawrence Belford

In this life, we often leave or are left wishing we had just five more minutes, please take one of them to share this article on behalf of all those who are, and will be missing their Dad this Father’s Day!

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is the inspirational author whose twenty-year creative journey that has not only allowed him to become well published, but also fueled his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.

Richard has written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” an inspirational book about life, love and loss whose parables honor the memory of those dear to our heart. A parable is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later is available from the Centering Corporation and Grief Digest Magazine’s Grief Resource Library and can also be purchased world-wide on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com in the United States and in Canada on chapters.indigo.ca

He invites you to follow him on Instagram and Twitter, like his Author’s Facebook Page or visit the “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later Facebook Group Page” and join the increasing number of people who believe this book will inspire you to always say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye!”

Richard can be contacted by email at info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for further information.

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