Friday, September 21, 2007

A tribute

A humble postal clerk, who married at 19, wanted the best for his young family. Struggled through night school, working for his accountancy degree part-time whilst his wife stayed home to care for their 4 children. Finally quits his job to do his final year full-time. Later, started his own shipping and logistics firm. Working 18 to 20 hours a day, every day of the week, every week of the month and every month of the year. No rest days, except for the first day of Lunar New Year. Hardly spent any time with his children. Toiled long and hard, determined to do his best in order to provide only the best for his children.

Now grandfather to 7, still works a gruelling 12 to 14 hours a day, 6 and a half days a week, with no plans to retire just yet. Travels on business one week every month, personally taking care of his business interests. His rest days are spent on the golf course or in his garden. Tries to spend time with his grandchildren, having missed out on his own children's childhood. Most willingly sits through concerts which his grandchildren perform in. Picked up piano-playing at age 62, at the same time as his favourite grandson. A doting grandfather with a kind heart. Most willing to help those in need, as well as anyone who turns to him for advice.

This man with the Midas touch celebrates his birthday today - my father-in-law. Happy Birthday Dad! May you have many more good years!

5 comments:

bp said...

Lovely tribute. Have a good celebration y'all, with your father-in-law, and a very happy birthday to him!

mott said...

So sweet!!! Happy birthday Uncle!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Wow, it certainly sounds like he's made his way in the world. How admirable.

iml said...

Wishing him a "Very Happy birthday"

Jonzz said...

That's quite a touching tribute on your father-in-law. Speaks a lot about his sacrifices, missing out on his children's chidhood.