This Father’s Day, I think of my dad & all he has done for me my whole life.
There are so many things I want to thank him for.
I have always been thankful for him, but Chloe’s short life has inspired me to make sure everyone I love knows how much I love and appreciate them.
He provided for us
My dad provided for a family of 7. He worked so many hours, went across the world every week, brought back lots of goodies from other countries; but most importantly, never let us go without anything. We had everything we could ever need growing up. A safe place to call home, food to eat, cars to drive. And if we ever wanted to do anything; he found a way to make it happen.
He allowed us to dream
I remember coming to him with my hopes & desires, and he would always encourage me. It didn’t matter how far fetched or crazy it seemed, he told me I could do it. And he gave me ideas on how to start.
Growing up, all I wanted to do was sing. He brought me to all of my auditions. American idol; I failed. The voice; I failed. Arkansas Talent Search, I made it through every round, and he took me to every single competition! But in the last round, I still didn’t win. He never told me to quit. (Even though I never won anything.) instead, he told me to try again. I never did try again, but it wasn’t because of lack of support. He encouraged me to dream. Always.
He helped me in my career
He taught us at a young age how to work hard. I always thought his job was super cool; I remember in elementary school I had him come speak to my classmates about life as a flight attendant. He, of course, brought them Japanese candy. They loved it. Years later I still had classmates ask me when my dad would come back from Japan and bring the candy.
After high school, and during my 2 years of college, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was just going through the motions. Going to college because that’s what you’re supposed to do after you graduate high school. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to try to follow in his footsteps. But I never thought of being a flight attendant until he said, “hey, Delta is hiring flight attendants. You should try it out.” And so, I did. A few months later, he was pinning my wings on me at flight attendant graduation.
The past 4.5 years of being his colleague have been really great! I love that he has shown me the ropes, he’s helped me with my schedule, and he has shown me around the world.
He always shows up, steps up, and helps us when times are rough
He came to the hospital often to see me; always stopping by before he flew into work or right after a long day of flying. He’s shown so much support during this hard time.
I still remember that when Derrick and I were planning the memorial, we didn’t know where to start. People were asking us all kinds of questions that we didn’t want to answer; questions that we didn’t know how to answer. I was overwhelmed. I know Derrick was too. But Dad helped us answer those questions. And he volunteered to speak at the memorial without hesitation. Your talk was incredible, and honored Chloe in a way that was absolutely beautiful. His faith & strength was inspiring on that seemingly impossible day.
Derrick and I love you, Dad. Our sweet Chloe loves her Grandpa. Thank you for your continuous and unconditional love.
Singer/Songwriter from Arkansas; with a passion & goal to create real music that speaks to the soul.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.