Truth is we have known each other half our lives. We have been around for some pretty important stuff in each other’s lives before we ever became a couple. But when I least expected you you stepped up to the plate. You took on the responsibility of loving not just me but my child, even allowing him to take your name, when he went to court to fight for it.
You have taught our children so much about how to be a man. To never miss a chance to laugh, even if it is at yourself. To treat others how you wanted to be treated, even if they don’t do the same. Babies are drawn to you, and in watching you interact with them as children, and other babies they have learned being a father isn’t just about working. It’s about being there through it all. Walking in when it seems everyone else has walked out. Not just changing diapers but changing lives. Holding their hands not just when they need you to but even when they don’t. Allowing them to try something, but being ready to catch them if it all falls apart.
You have done this and so much more.. Thank you Gene for being who you are and loving me and mine and making us a family.