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Who Taught Me How to Be a Dad THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA

Did you know Father’s Day was started in 1910 by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd? She was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in Spokane, Washington when Dodd asked herself why there wasn’t a holiday that celebrated men like her own father. Dodd’s father, William Smart, was a Civil War veteran whose wife died giving birth to their sixth child. He never got remarried and instead raised his

six kids alone, giving his children a lifetime of love and support. I can relate. I am lucky enough to have a dad who showered our family with love all through my childhood. My dad was never afraid to show his emotions. He was always

LIKE MY DAD, I CONTINUOUSLY REMIND MY CHILDREN HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM AND THAT THEY ARE MY ENTIRE WORLD. “

an affectionate, caring, and loving father who never told me to “man up” when I got upset about something. Dad taught me it was okay to feel sad or uncertain, but he also taught me to never give up. When the going gets tough, the only solution is to believe in yourself and persevere. My dad taught me a lot of important lessons, and I really looked up to him. When I was a kid, my dad went to Japan to help televise the winter Olympics. Dad spent 45 years as a cameraman for CBS Sports. He televised numerous major sports events, including Super Bowls, Masters, Final Fours, NBA Finals, andWorld Series, but the longest he was ever on a job was that year at the Olympics. He was gone for an entire month, and as a kid, that felt like forever. When he finally came home, I was so excited, I ran right into his arms. That reunion has always been my favorite memory of my dad. Dad retired this past January, and now he gets to spend his time playing golf, tennis, and chess. He also gets to spend time being a granddad to my own two kids. I have a daughter who’s 9 1/2 and a

son who’s just about to turn 8, and sometimes I wonder howmy dad did it all. I only want the best for my children, and determining exactly what “the best” looks like can be difficult. I try to teach my kids how to appreciate the small things in life. I want them to feel confident in who they are and to have the tools they need to achieve anything. I try to instill in them the knowledge that the only one holding them back is themselves. Like my dad, I continuously remind my children howmuch I love them and that they are my entire world. Being a dad is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Lucky for me, I learned from the best. I want to wish a happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me what it means to be a father.

Dad, thank you for everything you have done and for helping me become the man I am today. I love you.

Dr. Michael Graffeo

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