Sons, he was your role model growing up and your vessel of inspiration throughout the years. He taught you how to play baseball, how to use your money wisely, and how to treat a lady with respect. Daughters, he was the one guy you could depend on, and your rock: He put you on his shoulders so you could see the circus better as a child, and he had the same shoulder for you to cry on as a teenager. He taught you to believe in yourself.
Our fathers were our heroes growing up. Dads teach us priceless information about life, such as how to be brave, how to handle responsibility, and how to know right from wrong.
Here’s what some of our residents had to say about being a dad, or what they learned from their own pop, in honor of Father’s Day.[box] “My dad and I were best friends. I learned to play golf and we would do games together. I was very influenced in every part of my life, and the advice he taught me was to always tell the truth, and to listen.” – Mary, resident at The Brennity at Vero Beach in Florida[/box]
Bill from the Lakestone Terrace community in Granbury says his father was an honest man, and his actions always spoke louder than his words: Bill knew he was very loved, and his father showed him that every day. His father always had a great reputation among loved ones, friends, and even strangers. He was so well respected and honest that he could borrow money on a handshake! Bill follows his dad’s advice by setting a good example to his three sons. Bill says that being a good father means to be honest and love your children for who they are. The two things he always taught his sons are to love God, and to not be afraid to die for your country.
Over at The Brennity at Fairhope community in Alabama, Wally told us a thing or two about what it takes to be a good father. His own dad was a huge example of what it means: He always took care of the family, and treated his mom like a queen. During the Depression, when his family had lost everything, Wally’s dad worked two to three jobs to provide for them. Wally instilled his father’s hard-working and kind values to his children. His favorite thing about having kids is seeing them grow up and having families of their own.
Marvin at The Adante in San Antonio is a vibrant man who always has a story to tell! He is the father of three children and has many grandchildren. Marvin says that family has always been very important to him, and feels lucky that he gets to see them so much. He enjoys his visits with his granddaughter twice a week. His daughter also makes time to attend the happy hour event at Adante every Friday.
During the Jewish holidays, a live entertainer played some Jewish tunes, and Marvin’s family took over the dance floor, singing and dancing. They were such a lively bunch, it was obvious to see they enjoy being together and having fun!
The Brennity at Tradition in Florida houses a real gentleman – Bert says he has sustained longevity at 104 years old come July, because he had two great wives in his life. He says that he also attributes his long life to stimulating his brain by being a lifetime, certified public accountant. Bert is in independent living with no help, and looks 80-years-old! Bert has one daughter and son. His daughter lives near him, and his son lives in St. Louis. Bert also has four grandchildren and 10 great grandkids.
We are very lucky to have such great, inspirational fathers who call us home here at the Sagora communities. Cheers to all of the residents’ and associates’ fathers, and to the ones who are daddies themselves this Father’s Day!