My dad was released from the rehab facility yesterday and he’s finishing out his recovery at home. When he was first diagnosed, I didn’t know if I would have another Father’s Day with him, so this day is extra special.
Dad - you’re a true role model and a rare bird. When you were first diagnosed, your main concern was that everything would remain as normal and comfortable as possible for everyone at the store.
At the start of the pandemic when employers were freaking out and making drastic decisions, you didn’t even flinch. Nobody had to worry about losing their job or a reduction in their pay or benefits.
It excites you when talented musicians come into your store. While other people might overlook them, you’re eager to shine a light on these people and give them exposure and encouragement. When you’re really passionate about a person’s talent, you’re their biggest cheerleader and you sing their praises to anyone who will listen.
A long time ago, you took an interest in a local charity, The Midnight Mission. With your LA location and celebrity clientele you had the idea to put on concerts to raise funds for LA’s homeless population. You asked every big band and performer that came in to help you raise money - and it worked.
My dad befriended a busboy at a local restaurant we frequent. He told me one day, “I bet nobody has ever really done anything special for this guy.” The next thing I knew, he was organizing a surprise birthday party for him. He got him a cake and sent out invites and everything. The guy, (his name is Mario) was in complete shock and he even cried when he realized that my dad organized the event.
When one of my father’s friends, Franky was diagnosed with cancer, my dad helped with some of his bills and even invited him to come and live with us temporarily during his chemo treatments.
These are all examples of the type of person you are. You’re a leader - you don’t follow the crowd and that’s why people love and respect you. You take pleasure in seeing your friends and family succeed and you bring out the best in everyone.
Happy Father’s Day. I’m so grateful for every second I have with you and you’re the best dad and role model on the planet!