Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor, to Selia. You will be knocked down … But it is there, at the point you feel your lowest, that you will find who you are. Be kind … You all have the beauty of kindness.
I have seen it. Sometimes, the kindest actions are the quietest. I want to thank you for how you handled the rough patches in your life, as you turned further into the love of your family when you could have just as easily closed off to us. I want to thank you for stopping old habits that weren't serving you like smoking in favor of being a better role model.
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I want to thank you for all of the times that you carried me on your shoulders, even when I was getting too big to be up there. I want to thank you for having and resolving disagreements with my mother in front of me as a child, so I could grow up to know that conflict in relationships is not only inevitable, but something to be embraced and seen as an opportunity to further grow together. I want to thank you for every time you kissed, hugged, or complimented mom, my siblings, and I even before my brain was storing memories I want to thank you for being the best possible role model I could have hoped for.
And for all of the moment to moment tiny decisions that you made, that I will never know about, that forged you into the man, and the father, that you became. This post originally appeared at TheGoodMenProject. Photo courtesy of JordanGrayConsulting.
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