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A Tribute To Dad

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. Since I’m like 300+ km away from him, he celebrated his birthday with mom only… sort of a sad thing, but then my brother and I promsied to recelbrate his birthday this June holiday :mrgreen:

My dad is an architect and works day and night to give my family a better life. He grown up in a poor family and lived in a slum somewhere in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At that time, he sold drinks with his parents (who’ve sadly passed away years before I was born) in a school canteen, and since then he told himself that he must study hard and make sure that his future family do not need to go through such a hard time in their lives. He ended up being an architect of a company. He put 110% of his energy in his work but at the same time he didn’t neglect my family. ;)

due to the heavy workload my father has lots and lots of white hair as compared to other guys of his age. Well, sometimes he have to rush work till midnight and not returning home but sleeping in the office. Sometimes he have to attend meeting, go for site inspection and submit construction plans to the city’s administrative centre on the same day, and all these make him a super busy man.

He’ve contributed so much to the family. From a flat 15 years ago, we’ve now moved in to a double story terrace house with a new car bought 2 years ago. And I heard that the reason why my family is not moving to a better house like a bungalow although we can afford it is because dad says that he wants to save moeny for our univeristy studies…

Now he’ve turned 47. Happy birthday, dad.

Oh, and I received this chain mail from my cousin sister a few weeks ago. Okay, I don’t like chain mails, but this particular one has a very special meaning in it :D

When you were 8 years old, your dad handed you an ice cream. You thanked him by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9 years old, he paid for piano lessons. You thanked him by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old he drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastic to one birthday party after another. You thanked him by jumping out of the car and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old, he took you and your friends to the movies. You thanked him by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old, he warned you not to watch certain TV shows. You thanked him by waiting until he left the house.

When you were 13, he suggested a haircut that was becoming. You thanked him by telling him he had no taste.

When you were 14, he paid for a month away at summer camp. You thanked him by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15, he came home from work, looking for a hug. You thanked him by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, he taught you how to drive his car. You thanked him by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, he was expecting an important call. You thanked him by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, he cried at your high school graduation. You thanked him by staying out partying until dawn.

When you were 19, he paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus carried your bags. You thanked him by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 25, he helped to pay for your wedding, and he cried and told you how deeply he loved you. You thanked him by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 50, he fell ill and needed you to take care of him. You thanked him by reading about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, he quietly died. And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder on your heart.

So, please cheish the time you can spend with your father from now on. People tend to favour mothers to fathers, most probably because mothers always stay at home while fathers are always out there working. Mothers are more expressive while fathers do not really know how to express themselves.

So, saying a big thank you to your dad isn’t very hard right?

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