Dads & Grads, The Laceys

The reason why my father is important to me is because he has taught me so much in my eighteen years. He has always been there for me and has always known the right thing to say and do.

He has gone out of his way to help me learn and do anything and everything, to make sure I was happy and lived comfortably. He has also given me the tools to succeed in hockey as well as the other sports I tried when I was younger. My dad is so cool, as cheesy as that sounds. It’s true, because he is so easy to talk to about anything. He also has a great sense of humor and knows when to make you laugh and when to be serious. I know that as I get older my Dad will continue to be the best teacher I can go to and that I will never stop learning from what he does. I just want to thank him for always being there when I needed him and for continuing to be a big part of my life and a huge inspiration. ♦ Dylan

It is not easy to measure another person’s importance because very often we become so intertwined with each other, especially family members, that it is very easy to overlook what we truly value in others. They oftentimes become the people we pass in the hallway whom we say hello to or whom we sit down with to share a meal together, but we seldom stop and consider how they touch our lives and help shape us.

So when Dylan asked me to answer the question, "Why is Dylan important to me?", I was reluctant to take the task on. However, after thinking about it for a while, I realized that more than anything, Dylan is important to me because he is quite simply part of me. Easy answer, some might say, but in reality it is not easy to be so connected to someone because in them you get to see not only your own strengths, but also your faults and weaknesses.

He is important to me because he is who he is, good and bad, up and down. He is important to me as he grows to be a more complete and rounded person with each year. He is important to me because he is my son, my family and, I hope, my friend. ♦ Dad

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