How do you navigate your clients through creating meaningful content for Father’s Day Marketing? As a public relations and marketing company we thought it was important to help showcase the human side of the companies we represent. We worked this week with several of our clients on publishing personal tributes to their fathers. We wanted to highlight how each of them were molded and shaped in both their business and personal lives by their father’s influence. So, we thought it would be fun to do the same thing for ourselves at Forest Home Media.
My dad always did whatever it took to provide for our family. He was a police officer for over 25 years. He also worked side jobs to bring in extra money like riding the public busses as a plain clothed security officer and providing private security to small businesses. He also served in the National Guard for over 20 years, drilling one weekend a month and two weeks every summer. I always felt protected and cared for by my dad. It didn’t hurt that he was always packing heat. He wore an ankle holster everywhere we went.
He was raised without a dad, so he saw being a dad as his #1 job. I have 3 sisters and he was always very involved with our lives. He made us feel valued and special. He is a man of strong faith and knows that our heavenly father is the only one who is unfailable and will not disappoint. He passed that along by living out his faith and studying the bible daily.
He grew up dirt poor in Eastern Kentucky. That childhood experience turned him into a fantastic story teller. He valued education. He put himself through college as an adult in addition to working two or three jobs. He sacrificed to put me through college too. He has taught me the value of faith, family and a strong work ethic. I’m so proud of the Dad and the man he has become despite not having a father to influence him. I love you Dad. Thanks for the love, guidance and sacrifice.
So I’m taking a few minutes this morning to reflect on the greatest dad ever. My feeble attempts at putting into words what my daddy means to me will certainly not even come close to describing all of the valuable lessons he has taught me. In my childhood, my daddy was an Oldsmobile-driving, hard-working Kroger man who always and continues to put his family first in all that he does. He taught me the value of hard work. If there’s a job to be done, you do it to the best of your ability with kindness and patience until the job is done. Without question, you always go above and beyond what is expected. I never heard my dad complain about hard work, but was only ever always appreciative of the opportunity that his employer gave him to provide for his family. After a long hard day at work, my dad always had the time to spend with his kids, whether that be taking a long bike ride through the country, calmly telling us to get down out of the very top of a dangerously tall mighty oak tree or sitting on a bank somewhere with a tackle box and a fishing pole in hand.
Every time the church doors opened, he made sure his family was there, on time and ready to learn and worship. We learned to put God first in our lives and to serve others the way that God intended.
He taught me patience. I’d watch my dad work on cars for hours or unravel miles and miles of fishing line, or any other tedious task without an ounce of anger or frustration. Never a foul word was uttered from my daddy’s mouth. He would remind me that there was no need to get “all mad” about anything. The job still had to get done regardless, so you might as well just suck it up and do it calmly.
But most of all, a phrase that he said to me countless times is, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” As a parent, watching my kids struggle with being angry at someone for something they’ve done, I have to remind them that no matter what any one else does that you believe is wrong, you still have to look deep into your heart and know that we still need to do the right thing. Even as an adult, that’s sometimes a tough pill to swallow, but I still have my daddy’s words to fall back on. Darn him. Hahah.
So, happy daddy’s day to the best one ever. And by the way, he still drives an Oldsmobile.
It was such a blessing to our family to have just celebrated my father’s birthday last weekend. As we helped our clients reflect on lessons learned this Father’s Day which have impacted their businesses, the lessons of my father are many.
“Arrive early, stay late, always give more than you receive” are just some of the life tenants my father has instilled in me. As a successful banker, this generous heart is something I’ve tried to emulate with friends, family and clients. What’s really funny is our son transitioning into the work world soon and sharing these lessons with him! Whoa….I sound just like my dad!
I was lucky growing up that my mother was able to stay home with her four children while my dad worked and served on probably every committee known to man. Yes, this had to have been a sacrifice for his quality of life, but his service to his community and church are an important part of his driving fiber and giving nature. He has done so much for so many of which we are all so proud.
He was the cheerleader for the family rooting us all on for sports, scouts, academics and then later in life as we began families of our own. I can see him sitting by the tennis court with that fist in the air encouraging me to get it done – and preferably in two sets instead of three!
It’s important for us all to take a moment to remember those life lessons from our parents. My co-workers stories are so very different and we honor all the parents out there who gave us life, taught us well and most of all loved us when we were unlovable! Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!