It is difficult to express the significance of your presence in my life...
For years I feared you, but it kept me in line
For years I hated you, but I was immature
For years I avoided you, but I was avoiding myself
Then, one magical day, I delivered a life into my world...
And I was unprepared for the power she had over me
And for years I have run to you for knowledge and comfort
For years I have turned to you for support, the ever steadfast champion of my causes...even when the world thinks I'm wrong
And now as an adult I can look at you as a man, my father, and say thank you for remaining firm when I needed it, gentle when I didn't understand, and a believer when I could not believe in myself.
You are, as you always have been, my gravitational center,
And a mark for me as a father, and a man...