I want to wish all the Father’s and those who play that role in the lives of so many a Happy Father’s Day. For me, this Father’s Day will be a tough one. It’s the first one, since I lost my own father this past January.

The loss of a parent is difficult at any age. In my head, I am grateful for all the years I had with him. For me my father was more than just role model, he was my best friend.

My father was the one who taught me that a man is as good as his word. He might have not said it often, but by his actions, there was no doubt that he would do anything for me. He always said ‘I am always going to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.’

My father wasn’t the only one. There are hundreds of men — and women — who are the rock that their families and friends depend on. Too often, their hard work and contributions are forgotten or taken for granted. We need to do more to make sure that fathers — all parents really — are given the resources they need to be there for their children — physically and emotionally. With so many people working so many hours to just to keep the lights on, our elected officials should be working hard to make sure that no parent has to choose between their boss and their children.

So this Father’s Day, if you are not doing so already, go tell your Father — or that important father figure — what they mean to you. It might be another relative, a past coach, a teacher, a mentor. It might even be your mother. Whoever they are, call them, text them, send a card — do whatever you can to tell them that you love them. That you appreciate what they did — or are doing — for you.

Love can be eternal, but time is not. Time is a precious thing but it’s not promised to anyone!

Happy Father’s Day Dad. I miss you.