Sunday, June 18, 2006
I'd like to thank my dad for making good on his promise. He returned to my mother and her baby after ferrying a ship full of refugees to Malaysia. I'd like to thank my father-in-law for waiting in line for days on end as they rationed out kerosene, blankets and supplies, so that his wife could give birth to my future wife. I'd also like to thank him for allowing me to marry his daughter. In this part of the world family is of the utmost importance. So I'm glad he was able to accept this stranger and his city boy ways.
To the both of you, you are the measuring stick when the time comes for me to be a father. I know I'll never be able to surpass your deeds. You both triumphed over difficult times, ones I will probably never experience. You've always cared and provided for your families. I can only hope to be half the man your are.
This is my tribute to you, Dads...