Week 11: Today, I salute you!

December 8th, 2016.

For many, an ordinary day.

For many others, it also the celebration of Blessed Virgin Mary.

For me, it is the day  I stop to breath, and think about an extraordinary person: my father. A day as today, two years ago, my dad passed away…

My relationship with my father has passed through several stages…

First Stage: When he was “DAD”, or “DADDY”. I didn’t know his name. To me, he was just “DAD”. I remember waking up very early in the morning alongside with mom to farewll daddy at the time he left to work. And I did my best to stay awake every night to get to see yhim when he gets back home from work…

Second Stage: In my teenage years I felt “big” and I criticized everything, including him. I used to calle him by his name (Ismael) not knowing how much it affected him.

Int the Third Stage: Live gave me the opportunity of being dad myself of my twin kids (Mariam & Daniel).  At this moment I finally understood how big was your love for me and the tremendous sacrifices mom and he did for us.

Fourth Stage:  When we spent long hours every single day, talking while I was driving back home from my work. We became best friends! I read every single article, book, news, cartoon, note that he sent me or ask me to read. He became my best friend, my counselor, my teacher. And by the same token, I became your greatest admirer.

And now we are at our Fifth State: when I see you in every expression, every act, every thought. I see your hands in my hands, I see your face reflected in the mirror. And I say with pride: I am your son dad!

I love you dad…