www.GilbertPT.com June 2018
The Gilbert Gazette
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON I AmWho I Am Because of My Dad
W hen I was growing up, my dad was a huge part of my life. He volunteered as a coach for many of my sports teams, and we have many great memories of hunting and fishing together. We had a family business when I was growing up, and when I was in high school, I worked alongside my dad. He owned a tile business, and we spent many summers together installing floors and repairing patios, basements, and roofs. I was able to learn many valuable life lessons from my dad during our time working together. He is one of the people who had the biggest influence on who I am today. IN MY DAD’S EYES, ALL WORK IS HONORABLE; NO TASK IS MEANINGLESS, AND ALL THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER. The biggest lesson my dad taught me was the importance of hard work. He taught me that if you have the work ethic, the commitment to what you’re doing, and always give your best, you will succeed. In my dad’s eyes, all work is honorable; no task is meaningless, and all the little things matter. I remember going to different job sites with my dad and being impressed by how personable he was with his clients. Communication is highly important to my dad, and he modeled that for me through
are committed to raising our children to be respectful, well-rounded individuals who are thankful for all that life provides them. My father instilled a strong work ethic in me, and I want to teach my children the importance of hard work as well. If they learn to give their best in everything they do, they will be successful too. As my kids get older, I want to make it a point to be involved in their lives in terms of the sports and activities they choose to do. I want to be able to provide them with good memories and fun experiences; ultimately, I want them to look back on their childhood with love and appreciation.
Dad and me
Kids are full of life. They take pleasure in everything they do, and they are so good at appreciating the little things. I am thankful to have had a father I could look to for love, support, and encouragement, and I strive to be that kind of father to my own children.
Alex and me
his work. Eventually I began to pick up on his gift, and it’s been one of the most valuable skills I’ve utilized throughout my career. I was always proud of my dad’s ability to effectively communicate with his clients, and I am now proud of my own ability. Personally, being a father is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. The tables have turned now that I’m responsible for raising well-behaved, decent people — it’s a responsibility you can’t grasp until you’re fully immersed in the experience. Adrienne and I
Emily and me
I hope you have a great Father’s Day. We look forward to seeing you soon.
–Michael M. Gilbert, DPT
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