My dad is hard-working and ambitious. He never settles for mediocre or less than he could achieve. He is competitive (and it annoys him eternally that I have not a competitive bone in my body). But one thing I did get from my dad is my desire to achieve the best I can in my career and personal life and to never decide that I've "arrived" - but at the same time to be content with my circumstances and do my very best within them.
My dad doesn't apologize for his views about the world. My father can be very adamant and argumentative when he wants to, but he stands by his convictions and is respected for it. Even when we don't agree (and believe me, a good percentage of my life has been spent arguing with my dad about things we don't agree on), I respect that he has strong beliefs and doesn't back down.
Marc's dad takes care of everyone. He is always the first to volunteer to help others and has a group of neighbors he is always checking in on. While sometimes he may take on more responsibility for others than we think he should, he loves those around him and it is humbling to see the passion with which he serves others.
Marc's dad loves his wife so much. He is always trying to make her laugh and make her feel special and comfortable. He is such a great example of a father and husband to all of his family.
It's hard not to be with them on Father's Day so we can celebrate them and all they are to us.
So to our dads: much love and respect from us, your California Kids.
We miss you and love you so very much.