An Open Letter to my Dad on Fathers Day - A Father, a Friend, and a Confidant

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Fathers day Dad,

Where to begin.....  I remember moving around a lot, not happy most times, because we were always leaving friends behind and had to make new ones on the fly. I didn't like it at the time. But looking back throughout the years, it has made me a better and stronger person. I was shy back then, but it challenged me to make new friends. I have learned to take the good with the bad. Looking back, just as much as we had to sacrifice some, you had to sacrifice also.




As much as your worked long hours to support us, you always found a way to support me in my activities. If it wasn't Indian Guides, to Boy Scouts, or helping coach some of my basketball, baseball, or soccer teams, you found a way. I can still remember early on, when I was around 7 or so, how you would come home after 10 hour days and still throw the baseball around with me. If it was hitting grounders to me or having some batting practice. You sacrificed your nights and weekends for me and I thank you for that.

I remember our first camping trip in Texas, that you went fishing with me. I caught a small little perch. You taught me that we should eat what we catch. I just wish it had been a tuna instead.



jeff & dad

As I got older, I remember some of those times that we shared while watching M.A.S.H together almost every night at 7 pm. Sometimes it was All in the Family with Archie Bunker, or even some of your favorites such as Laurel & Hardy. To this day, I try and watch M.A.S.H almost 3 times a day, thanks to such channels as the Hallmark channel or TV Land.

To this day, I can still remember the day that I left for the Army. I can remember the little white van picking me up at 6 am in the morning and how you gave me a hug prior to me leaving. Most of all, I still remember those little tears that you had shed as we said our goodbyes.

No matter what I did in life, you always stood by me. You were leery of my decisions when I first got into the mortgage industry 15 years ago, because I was changing mortgage companies every so often. Not knowing that I was looking for a good company not only for myself, but for my potential clients. You had been a one company man for almost 30 years and it took a while for you to understand. But you made an effort because you cared.



Dad, overall, we have had some good times and some not so good times. You have told me that you love me, but haven't always liked me for some of the decisions that I have made. Yet, you are my father and I am still your son. And you haven't let me forget that. I have always been proud of you and I love you..... 

I look forward to spending time with you today and hopefully some golf in the near future.

Happy Father's Day, Love Jeff, your son.......



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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Jeff, Great Great Post for Fathers day. Sounds like you have a great Dad..

Jun 14, 2008 11:49 PM #1
Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid

Love the post, I pray that you will be blessed with a great Father's Day.

Jun 14, 2008 11:55 PM #2
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


MATT.....  When younger, I really took a lot of things for granted. He's been there for me and I am truly grateful and appreciative.  thanks.....

GREG....   thank you very much for the kind words and thoughts...


Jun 15, 2008 12:29 AM #3
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

A wish for a Happy Father's Day for all the dads on AR!  CLICK HERE to read my post on the origins of Father's Day!  Interesting reading!

Jun 15, 2008 12:47 AM #4
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Your Dad will be and I'm sure already is ... proud, Jeff.  Thoughtful & nostalgic tribute that is as timely as ever.   I think we all take things for granted at times, no matter our age.

Jun 15, 2008 01:32 AM #5
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - This is a touching letter to your dad.  I hope you have a terrific Father's Day with him!  Thanks for sharing this one.

Jun 15, 2008 02:03 AM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jeff, This is a beautiful tribute to your father, I hope he reads it and appreciates you even more.  And I hope you enjoy a wonderful father's day.

Jun 15, 2008 02:14 AM #7
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I hope you printed this out and gave it to him in his card today :)

Nice sentiments...and hope you had a nice day with dad :)

Jun 15, 2008 11:01 AM #8
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Well said Jeff!


Jun 15, 2008 02:35 PM #9
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

My parents moved us around a lot too. Fortunately, it was all over the same county, which is great preparation for a career in real estate. LOL.  But I want to know who got colored out of the picture, between you and your friend? Is someone no longer on your good side? =P

Jun 15, 2008 02:50 PM #10
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words... since this was more of a personal thing and not educating the average consumer, basically with questions or answers, I won't be replying to everyone individually.

I do want to thank everyone again for the polite comments and hope that every dad / father / Godfather had a great father's day... thanks


PS... Lisa Hill.... the person in the middle of my dad and I is my sister. Since this was for father's day, I decided to take her out.  thanks


Jun 16, 2008 12:17 AM #11
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Jeff,

Awesome tribute to your Dad. I hope you shared it with him.

Jun 16, 2008 12:43 AM #12
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

Hi Jeff, I'm catching up on my reading from the past few days. Wow your Dad sounds a lot like mine.

 I remember my early fishing trips with him for perch, seeing MASH and watching All In The Family was a nighty ritual for us. ;-) Great memories.

 The one thing about all great dads is they stood by us even when we didn't deserve it. Beautiful post Jeff!

Jun 16, 2008 04:12 AM #13
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Great dad was and is awesome.  He's 71 and still flies up to the Arctic Circle with me and my 3 brothers and sleeps in a tent, not even a cabin.  He loves us and the 27 grandkids, but your post makes me wish that I would have done something for him, but he would have hated the notariety.....just wierd....

Jun 17, 2008 02:52 PM #14
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - I am going to include this post in the Family Ties recap tonight.  Just FYI - thanks!

Jun 22, 2008 01:03 PM #15
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Happy Father's Day!  Great story!

Jun 22, 2008 02:07 PM #16
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