Celebrating Father’s Day
My Father means the world to me because when I look down at my hands typing, I see my father’s hands. When I see myself showing love and respect to others, I see my father showing love and respect to others. When I make positive contributions to society, I see my father doing the exact same thing. I find myself doing these things because I realize that I became a man at my father’s feet, mostly by watching, imitating and listening. Some of the many things my father taught me is the value of a dollar, how to treat and respect women, and how to have confidence and take pride in myself. One of the most important things I’ve learned from my father is that a major characteristic of a man is his desire to spend himself in a worthy cause, to make contribution. I enjoy having Marvel & DC comic book discussions as well as playing basketball and tennis with him and I know he likes doing the same things. The connection and bond I have with my Father is unbreakable and despite the positive contributions that you made in my life, I still feel that you along with other great fathers don’t get the credit and recognition you all deserve. I thank God every day for putting you in my life.
– Aaron Fields, Just Beginning Coordinator
– Ashley Borthick, First3Years Engagement Coordinator
– Sadie Funk, First3Years CEO
Do more, do better. “It’s OK”. Never give up. As a young lawyer in Laos – one of the first from his very small hometown to make it to the “big city” Dad knew hardships. So he wanted to best for me growing up. At my grad school graduation, Dad told me over the phone, “So, now… PhD?” That is the running joke in my family. My father does not travel, he likes to take life as it comes. So when rough waters hit my way, I always think–it’s ok, ride with the waves. In Laos, after the end of the war, my dad was separated not by choice from the family. After 5 years, we were reunited. Through it all, he knew he would see me and Mom again.
– Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum, First3Years Dir. of Advancement