A Great Dad - Jillian Gaffney on Tim Gaffney
A Great Dad
It’s hard to describe the connection I share with my Dad but it is truly special and, important to me. We don’t talk every day, or even every week, but I know he is always with me. Ever since I was a little kid, I remember wanting to be around my dad. I can remember spending weekends with him and when they came to an end, I felt they were never long enough. My dad has always accepted me for who I am and has never made me feel that being “an old soul” was a bad thing. His support and encouragement means more to me than I can explain.
I admire my dad’s ability to see light in the darkest situations and his incredibly optimistic attitude. He doesn’t take himself too serious and instead of spending time being stressed out, he cracks jokes or quotes movie lines. Though he has taught me many things, the most important lesson I can remember is learning that time is more valuable than money. To this very day he still reminds me that he may not be able to buy me the most luxurious gifts but that he can give me love, support and lessons that will help me throughout my life. As I get older these words ring more true. Looking back at our weekend visits the thing I remember the most is our conversations around the dinner table. Those memories are priceless.
My dad has used his life as an example to show his kids that anything is possible with hard work and determination. He has never let other people’s opinions detour him from pursuing his dreams and I find that pretty remarkable. When he talks about LCS its obvious how excited and proud he is. I think the most amazing thing about all the success he is having lately is that he never forgets where he came from. Over the last couple years, I have been inspired by the way he is always willing to help others. Whether it is setting up a golf tournament to raise money for a friend with cancer, or, collecting items for hurricane victims he is always trying to do something to help.
I have been lucky enough to participate in a few of these events and although my dad thanks me for going, I should be thanking him. I left each of the events with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and peace. I don’t think I have ever felt better than I did after leaving the dinner for Alan Hall. It felt great to help out but it was much more rewarding to hear everyone talk about my Dad. Hearing complete strangers tell me how great my dad is and how much his kindness means to them was a surreal experience. I am proud and lucky to have the dad I do.