Today marks the seventeenth death anniversary of my father-in-law. Now, I did not have the pleasure to meet this incredible man, but I feel like I knew him. I have heard story after story about him from my husband, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and the many family members that knew him well and loved him even more. They all referred to him as, “Sweets”, just because he could sweet talk anyone and he was simply just that sweet. I guess that’s where Kevin gets it from!
I know that many would say, “How can you write a tribute to a man who you never met?” This is true, but as I mentioned before I feel as though I do know him. I wanted to do this from a parent’s point of view. You see, myself being a parent I know for a fact that he would be so proud of his children and what they have become. He is such a large part of the reason they are where they are today. So yes, I think I can pay tribute to him for being a great father.
I have the first hand experience of seeing his parenting skill through my husband who has become a man any parent would strive to have their son become. Although, he was taken from this world when Kevin was only 10 and his sister, Candice, was just 13 he had an important impact on their lives. I know this because I witness the significance of having the presence of a father with my own two boys and they are only 3 and 5. Those first few years are so influential in any child’s life.
So, Daddy Sweets, you have nothing to worry about, both of your children are well taken care of and lead successful independent lives. You also have two little boys that are working hard to carry on your legacy (I will make sure of it). You are probably the proudest Dad and Grandpa up there, so keep on smiling because things will just get better because of the foundation you laid while you were here with us.