Life is not always easy. And that is okay, if you learn how to cope and move on. Growing up seeing my parents fight as a child was not easy, then at the age of seven my parents decided to divorce and my life was thrown for a loop. Being moved back and forth to be with parents weekdays, weekends, separate holidays was confusing; but I became adjusted rather quick because both my parents had given me so much love. But parents never made me feel like I was loved less. Dad would take us out on Wednesdays to dinner and always do something special for the weekends. Mom would always make me feel like I was a star and she always believed in me. I continued to be a shining star and give my heart and soul to those I became close to. In this time, I became closer to my mother and I never really understood my father. I just felt like I was forced to take a side. Not sure why I felt this way, I think it was just my coping mechanism with this change. And I had such a strong personality I chose in many ways to stand alone. But as the years passed through high school, then college; dad was always there. Mom was my cheerleader and Dad was there for guidance. My sister and I did not always want to hear this guidance but I have to tell you he was usually right. His advice on the people to surround yourself, his advice on dedicating yourself to school and his direction in finding a career that you love. His words of wisdom carried me through life and now as a mother of 4, I use much of his voice in my everyday life. I watch the way he is with my children and he is extra cautious, always loving and so very thoughtful. When I watch the way he treats my children, I smile with every fiber because the kids think he is the absolute best. And I have to say I do agree! And I look back and remember Dad will always be my hero. The man that inspired me to become a runner. The man that gave me so many gifts. Dad surely is one of a kind! I am thankful to have Dad healthy and a part of my life! Love you Dad, this one is for YOU!