Music is a family tradition and both my kids are excellent musicians. There is nothing more satisfying than performing with your family. After a recent band concert in which both my son and I played, we took a picture of Grandfather, Dad, Son, and Daughter. A love of music passed from each generation to the next. I believe that my children's musical training has helped them immeasurably in their academic success and their poise. They are both natural leaders – inspiring the people around them to excel. Best of all, they are really nice people. I can't tell you how many times other parents who have had the opportunity to spend time with my kids have told me how impressed they were with them.
Of course I mention these things to brag, but also to point out that these two outstanding young people are my father’s day gift 24-7. Nothing they can buy can compete with the people they have become. I don’t believe anyone can express in words the emotions, pride, and love a father experiences seeing the babies that he held become an engineer, or rip through a Scott Joplin rag on the piano with gleeful abandon. Although I am in no hurry to be a grandfather, I do hope that my children will both raise children one day. The truth is, you can’t really know how much your parents love you until you are a parent yourself. My children have the intellectual, creative, and interpersonal gifts to make the world a better place for the rest of us. Come to think of it, they already do!