I adored him, and he adored me. He was the first man I ever loved. He was my protector, my guardian, my go to guy. He was my dad, Edward Joseph Slabik.
He and my mom were my first teachers. Many valuable lifelong lessons were learned from his experiences and wisdom, his common sense, his sense of humor. Among the lessons learned are these:
*Appreciating, valuing my faith cements my relationship to the Lord. This is the most important relationship in my life and being.
*Friendliness and good manners will take me anywhere. Respect for others should be the bow on the package.
*A sense of humor and a love of laughter are life savors.
*Of importance is putting others first. Sacrifices may be needed, and they are part of your service to others.
*Reading is like breathing, and I should have a stash of books ready to enjoy.
*Listening to music is a tonic that strengthens my resilience. It puts a song in my heart. Singing along with artists is so enjoyable.
*Digging down and finding my roots are part of my inheritance. It is essential to know from where I came.
My father’s gifts to me are a part of who I am. I cherish them. I treasure them. To my dad, I say, “Happy Father’s Day.” May our reunion in heaven be one of joy.