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I always felt proud of what we built together. My daughter isn’t quite old enough to do science projects yet, but I eagerly await the chance to give her the same experience my father gave me.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I’m sure many of our readers are reflecting on the men who influenced their lives for the better. I’ve definitely spent some time thinking back on my own father, on all the opportunities he gave to my sisters and me, and the way he always made time for us. Since I have a young daughter myself, I couldn’t be more grateful to have my father as a role model for good parenting. While I was growing up, I spent a lot of time with my father. He worked hard as an engineer for the phone company, supporting the family financially while my mother managed the homefront. Despite his busy work week, he always made time for his family. No matter what activity my father and I did together, you could feel how much he cared. Some weekends we’d go on camping trips, and on others, we’d go to a Rangers game or two. Most of all, I remember spending hours and hours building things with him. Those crafting projects were some of my favorite memories, inspiring my love of learning from a young age. My father had a talent for crafts, and he did his best to pass on his engineering know-how to me. We’d often build something just for fun, like little wooden sailboats. But whenever I had to put together a school project, his help was invaluable. One year we built a chicken incubator for my science class that worked a little too well. The eggs hatched successfully before we had a solid plan of what to do with the chicks!
MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME, “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE, AS LONG AS IT’S LEGAL AND HELPS PEOPLE.”
Of course, my father didn’t just teach me craftsmanship. Compassion and a strong sense of right and wrong were also very important to him. My father used to tell me, “You can do anything you want in life, as long as it’s legal and helps people.” Considering that I now help people seek justice in the court of law, I suppose I did take those words literally. This Father’s Day, I look back with gratitude at the man who gave me so much support and encouragement over the years. He was a truly great father, and I hope I can pass on the same dedication and compassion he showed me to my daughter.
Here’s to all the dads out there,
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
I really appreciate that he put the time aside to pass on his love of learning through these projects. It made schooling more fun, and
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