Sending out a little Valentine’s Day ‘I’m so Proud of You’ to my DAD!
Could not be more proud of him and the choices he makes everyday to enjoy his golden years. He’s busier than ever sharing his time with family, friends, co-workers and in service to others.
This past December my Dad asked me to come down to the Port of Houston to visit him where he volunteers with the Chaplain’s Ministry at Howard T. Tellepsen Seafarers Center.
The Center is quieter these days, but there was a time when Seafarers from different ships would play Football (soccer) matches against each other on their field. This was when cargo ships stayed in port for a couple weeks, now I’m told everything has been automated to days, plus many of the Seafarer’s don’t have visa’s to disembark. For the ones that do, My Dad is there to pour them a beer, give them the wifi password, or just welcome them with his big-hearted Texan smile.
The Port of Houston is the biggest port in the US and one of the busiest ports in the world. While he’s told me so much about it, mostly what I remember is it’s narrow, complicated and inundated with Industry. Just thinking about how the Captains and the tugboats work through it gives me anxiety, but my Dad loves watching the dance of it all.
He’ll always be a kid at heart. And his kind, loving and curious heart makes me so proud.
I love you Dad! I’m soo proud of you! xo, Mata