[Dedicated to the sacrifices of the Chinese population within Canada as they helped build the railway system that connected the country shore to shore, as commemorated in an art instillation in downtown Toronto]
Building a trestle, the basis of a bridge perhaps
A lone man stands in the line of fire should that rope fray
A wondrous Father’s Day to all of you men and women who have provided guidance, structure and love to the next generation.
Being a Dad is about more than genetics; it’s about putting yourself out there for another human being and making sacrifices to help them be the best human being they possibly can. It’s about knowing when to cling tight and when to let go. It’s about providing rules while allowing freedom.
When you put a child on your shoulders, you put all of us on your shoulders, for the connections you make with that child today will resonate with everyone that child touches in later life.
Today, we lift you on our shoulders and say thank you for helping create so many beautiful people.
I celebrate all of my friends who are fathers and in particular, my brother Scott, who I respect more than he can imagine for what he has done with my nephew and nieces. That is the true mark of a man. Well done, bro.
And more personally, thank you Grandad. You meant the world to me. You gave me guidance, you gave me love, you gave me beer when no one was looking. You were not perfect, but that didn’t make you any less a role model.
My great-grandfather dares he to hit him with a bucket of water (1965)
I traveled to Western Canada with my grandparents in 1976 (and out east the next summer).
I lived with my grandparents while attending undergrad. I was very happy they could later attend my M.Sc. graduation. (1992)
My brother Scott and nephew Cameron taking in a Toronto Marlies hockey game with me this past Boxing Day. (2012)
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