HOOK’S NOTE: Technically, this post isn’t effective until tomorrow, but my blog, my rules…
Today is a very special day.
Several years ago – the exact number is irrelevant for our purposes – a man named Jack Fisher was born. He has gone by many names over the course of his life. Here are a few:
- JAAACK! Okay, that one was reserved for his wife, but I had to include it.
But to me, he’ll always be “Dad”. Yes, he’s my actually my father-in-law, but as you’re about to see, he’s earned a higher title in my life. Without further adieu, here are a few reason why Jack Fisher deserves a hearty “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” from all of you, my friends…
HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 10% OF TIM HORTONS’ NET SALES.
For the uninitiated: Tim Hortons is a coffee and donut shop that is as Canadian as hockey and not cheating on your taxes. Canucks love their “Timmies” and my father-in-law is no exception. He visits three times a day to meet his circle of friends and have a cup ‘o Joe. And while my math may be a bit inaccurate, its not that far off the mark. Trust me.
HE LOVES ANIMALS.
Well, dogs anyway. His most loyal companion is a Shih Tzu and yet, he hasn’t lost his manly ruggedness. How many guys with small dogs can say that?
THE TERM “JACK-OF-ALL TRADES”? IT WAS DESIGNED FOR HIM…
He can fix your sink, your furnace, your faulty light socket, whatever. If he ever serves me with a bill for services rendered, I’ll have to take a dive into the Falls and let my wife use the insurance policy as a down payment.
HE COULD TEACH A DOG A THING A TWO ABOUT LOYALTY.
Seriously the man pulls out his wallet if even thinks I need a buck or two – or a few thousand. He once put me up for years. We formed our own version of the Bunker household – without the rampant racism or the gratuitous use of the word dingbat, of course.
I’VE BECOME A BETTER MAN AND FATHER BECAUSE OF HIM.
I grew up surrounded by love and guidance, but you’re never too old to learn something new. That was the first lesson Jack taught me. It certainly wasn’t the last.
A father has one purpose in life: to give his family everything they need to live, thrive and survive in this world. Period.
Many people aspire to be good, loving parents, but I’m not sure how many of them actually put their money where their mouth is. But I can honestly say that my father-in-law is a man of honor. A man worth emulating. A man worthy of respect.
Happy Birthday, Jack.