JOSEPH F. EMMERTH A LOOK AT FAMILY LAW OF SULLIVAN TAYLOR & GUMINA, P.C.
THE MOST FORMATIVE PERSON IN MY LIFE
As Father’s Day is this time of year, I want to focus on the importance of fathers and what my dad meant to me.
had a question or needed him for something, he was right there to help me out. I always had someone to look up to, and from that, I learned the value of hard work. During the summer, he’d let me help out at the construction sites — my very first job. He’d take me out to a site and then hand me a broom. I would sweep the whole area, a good two hours worth of work, and he’d give me 10 bucks. For a 12-year-old, that was some big money. It was because he gave me this chance that I learned the value of working hard and earning an income. He is, by far, the most formative person in my life. For Father’s Day, I usually try to spend as much time with him as I can. This year, I plan on going back to Indiana where my parents live and spending some time with them. My parents are still married —
I grew up in a two-parent home. My mom was a stay-at-home mother until I went to high school, and my dad worked in the construction industry. Dad was someone who always encouraged me to start reading, which became an immense part of my life (especially since I’m now a lawyer.) When I was a kid, dad would buy me comic books. I liked looking at all the pictures, but when I wanted to know what all the characters were actually saying, he would throw a dictionary my way and tell me, “Look it up. Figure it out.” (He would eventually help me do so, of course.)
He was always home for my mom and me. He wasn’t at the sports bar having a beer with his friends all the time — whenever I
46 years! — and they’re still living in the house I grew up in. This year, Dad and I will probably go get some lunch and see a movie. Since he retired, he’s been reading a lot, so I’ll probably give him an Amazon card that he can spend it on book-related material. One year, I got him something that he couldn’t use for books, and he got a little mad, so books it is!
HE IS, BY FAR, THE MOST FORMATIVE PERSON IN MY LIFE.
Dad is still going strong. He’s 70 now and doing great — he’s a pretty healthy and active
guy. I feel like it stemmed from all the hard work he did when he worked construction. On the one hand, physical labor can break you down, but on the other, it keeps you active, and I think he’s undoubtedly benefited from that. He stays pretty busy, too. Though now, instead of walking on roofs, he walks the dog. This Father’s Day, think about how your dad influenced you, and enjoy the weekend with him. -Joseph Emmerth
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