What Mark Twain said about his father was true for me too: "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." By then I had also learned that a father carries pictures where his money used to be.

But his most important gift to me was that he never tried to tell me how to live. Instead, he lived, and let me watch him do it. What I saw was someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown.

On this Father's Day, don't forget to thank the man who raised you.

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