The following is an e-mail I received from my oldest son in San Dimas California.
To say I am proud of him is an understatement!
Subject: Father's Day
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 14:36:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Richard Reese Jr
To: Richard D & Charmaine Y Reese
I just thought I'd send a few words of thanks your way on this special day for fathers. A father should be there for you when you need him for the emergencies of life that can sometimes be too much to handle on your own.
Sometimes being there involves money, sometimes it means providing encouragement when times are tough, sometimes it means saying when to quit or when to begin.
Being a father involves being a living example of how life should be lived. Being a father means knowing when to hold on and when to let go of your children.
It's never easy to be all these things all the time, so being a father also means making mistakes, but perhaps the hardest part of being a father involves learning from your mistakes and insuring that your children learn from your mistakes too.
Too many fathers believe that they must always be the strong macho infallible image of law and virtue to their families. Sadly though, even fathers are human, and so when they eventually fall from their lofty self made perch, the fall causes major difficulties for everyone.
Fortunately, I have a father who does almost everything right most of the time and yet doesn't remove himself to the lofty perch of infallibility. Because of this being true, I have undoubtedly avoided many mistakes and have certainly learned many many things without having to go through my own personal school of hard knocks.
Your Son Richard