Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father-figures that have helped mold the next generation into good and kind people!
Without the lessons my father, John Belgard, taught me I would not be the person, and the father, that I am today.
My dad grew up in Louisiana, one of seven brothers and sisters. His father was a sharecropper and later worked whatever labor jobs he could find. My grandfather worked hard every day and then came home and spent the rest of his energy giving attention and love to his kids. My dad may have grown up poor, but his family was rich in love.
Thanks to a scholarship and one of the first federal loans, he was the only one of his family to go to college. He worked hard, both in school and at various jobs to support himself, so that he could hopefully raise his own family not in poverty.
From my dad I’ve learned many lessons. I’ve learned the value of hard work and perseverance. I’ve learned to be ambitious and goal oriented. More importantly though, I have learned how to be kind, empathetic, and caring.
So, on this Father’s Day, I want to give a special thanks to my dad for being the amazing person he is. I aspire to be just like him.
I also want to say Happy Father’s Day to my wife’s father Stuart. He brought up a wonderful daughter who is my partner in working to bring up our own children to be kind, caring, good people.
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