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Happy Father's Day to a man who has been my inspiration

"Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

There is someone in this world from whom I have learned more than anybody on this earth. That person is my father.

My father has taught me that I am able to be imperfect and still receive unconditional praise and love. I have learned not to take the little things in life so seriously and to be able to laugh at myself. I have learned that taking the right path may not make everyone in the world happy, but it is OK as long as I am able to sleep at night I can be successful.

I have learned that no matter what sort of job you are doing, you should do your best; he has installed in me a lifelong work ethic. I have learned that some of the simplest pleasures in life can be the most rewarding -- petting a dog, the sound of the rain, relentlessly tormenting my sister, or just making my own music.

I have learned that the measure of a man's success does not amount to the numbers in his bank account or the make of his vehicle, but how much he is loved by his family and friends, and by the content of his character.

My father makes me proud. He has more insight and wisdom than I can even fathom. His words of wisdom will be with me to my dying day, and I want nothing more than to make him proud of me -- although I know that even if I was a hobo on the street he'd still love me and be proud of me.

In my short life of eighteen years I have made mistakes, we all have, and my father was always there with a slightly gap toothed grin and open arms to help me as I screwed up.

In my life I have not met a man who works harder than my father. He takes pride in everything he does, and doesn't go half way -- if anything he goes the extra mile in anything he does.

My father is one of the most generous and giving men on this planet. As long as his family is taken care of he is content and happy. He would give everything he has to see us happy.

One of the best gifts a father can give their child is to love their mother. My father has always been a gentle and caring man who is filled with an endless supply of love and faith.

Happy Father's Day Dad, I love you and am proud to be your spawn! Thanks for being an inspiration and a hero to me all these years.

Christopher Damlo graduated from Detroit Lakes High School this spring.