you are the reason I am the son I am today
your enjoyment of the great outdoors is alive and well, in me
the eye you had for beauty sees on, in myself, and in your grandchildren
your skill for hearing and understanding was not lost, it too, endures
nothing of the essence of you is missing from our family
we have your best thoughts, and deeds and hopes
all are very much alive within the hearts of we, your children
I dedicated my life to serve God a long time ago
only recently did I have any idea what that would mean
You raised me right and gave me strong lessons in what it was to be a man
the quiet strength you possessed so elegantly has been reborn in your grandsons
the woman you loved so much is still very much loved and cared for by the children you blessed with the gifts of your time, your heart, your wisdom.
I have the best dad, still with me, in every way that matters.