Tomorrow is my dad's birthday. He always asks me not to buy him anything, saying that presence over presents is what's important to him. So, in honor of that request I'd like to say thanks to him publicly.
My relationship with both of my parents is something I take for granted. They are fascinating people, even before being dedicated to and supportive of their kids. To a child, it can be a challenge to look at a parent as a person. A parent has always been a parent to the child. I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to see my parents as the fascinating individuals they are. The people they were before I came along, and the people they've become long after I moved out.
Both of my parents are some of the hardest working people I know. They are passionate, dedicated and talented individuals. I have learned so much from watching them, and talking about life and business with them. They are the foundation in my life.
My father is a very self-effacing man. He doesn't put much stock in bragging or touting what one will do, despite having been in countless news articles and national television programs. He believes in doing great work, and letting the work you do speak for itself.
In fact, I think the only time I've seen him share some of the recognition he's gotten was to see his mother's eyes light up, or because I chastised him for not telling me when he was scheduled to be on TV.
My dad has owned his own business longer than I've been alive. Knowing that most businesses fail within the first few months, much less the first five years, it's incredible to know that his has been doing good for the world of history for more than 30 years.
From my parents, I have gotten a passion for preserving and appreciating history, like the relationship between our Montagnard allies and US Special Forces soldiers.
From my parents, I have the fearless pursuit of entrepreneurial endeavors because the work I do brings good to the world, like shedding light on the plight of the Montagnards.
From my parents, I was given the liberty of dreaming limitless dreams, like the idea that this little production might reach the hands of the President and he might make positive change happen as he promised on his election campaign.
From my parents, I get so many of the qualities that make me who I am. I am eternally in debt to my parents for the things they have done for me. Both have made sacrifices to help make my life better. I am humbled and always grateful to both of them.
Happy birthday, Dad. As Surry always says, "I look forward to our next adventure."