My Dad’s Most Important Lesson
How to Balance Helping Clients at Work and Spending Quality Time with Family
The first official Father’s Day ever celebrated took place in Washington state in 1910. A young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by her widowed father, decided that the U.S. needed a Mother’s Day equivalent for male parents. She went to her local YMCA, churches, shopkeepers, and government officials to gather support for this holiday, and it worked! The first statewide Father’s Day took place on June 19, 1910. Slowly but surely, the idea spread. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June.
Balancing work and family is far from easy, but ever since I stepped into my father’s role, I’ve followed in his footsteps in both professional endeavors and matters of the heart.
I’ve always been thrilled that there is a day set aside for us to honor our fathers. As a child, I always knew he was an extremely hard worker. But as I’ve become an adult myself, I’ve come to realize that he was the most capable and determined worker I’ll probably ever meet. My dad led by example. By observing him, I learned lessons in ethics and established my own moral compass based around integrity and good intentions. I came to understand the value of taking pride in the work I do for others, and that philosophy guides me each and every day.
The effort my dad put forth at work was second only to the dedication and love he showed my family. No matter how long he toiled during the day, he was never too exhausted to spend time with my mom and us kids. Balancing work and family is far from easy, but ever since I stepped into my father’s role, I’ve followed in his footsteps in both professional endeavors and matters of the heart.
I enter the office each day with the goal of defending and advocating for my clients. My team and I assiduously work to approach each and every case with the same tenacity. But even on my busiest days, the ones when I want to go home and collapse in my bed from exhaustion, I find myself smiling whenever I think about walking into the house to see my wife and children. Some of my favorite memories are of our family game nights, our dinners around the dining table, or our journeys to church on Sunday mornings. While all of these activities have become a part of our weekly routine, they still make for some of the best memories.
Another moment I’m looking forward to this month is Father’s Day. I get to ruminate on the amazing man my dad was, and I also get spoiled by my own kids. Our Father’s Day tradition begins with my wife and kids making me a delicious breakfast that they deliver to me in bed. Then, they give me a special pass from helping out with household chores and yard work. In the evening, we gather together for dinner (my pick!) and finish the night by sitting around the fire talking and laughing as my kids share their favorite “Dad Stories.” It’s a day I look forward to all year, and I’m sure this one will be the best of all!
To my dad and all the other dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!