Father's Day has come and gone for another year.
Though it's been many years since my Dad passed away, I couldn't help but think about him in a special way this past Sunday, just as I have every year on Father's Day since he departed life.
The reason: It's simple -I loved my Dad very much. And I still miss him a lot. I often wish my Dad still was alive so that I could talk with him, so that we could soak a hook together in a favorite fishing hole, etc.
Yes, I loved my Dad.
He taught me so much about life, even though he died just before his 50th birthday.
One of the biggest things Bobby L. Hobbs taught me was the importance of work and that no matter what I or my brother did in life, we should strive to be the best at it.
My brother, who shares my Dad's name, and I took our Dad seriously about that belief.
We're both serious about our jobs and very dedicated -- just as our Dad was serious and dedicated about his job as a longtime bread salesman.
As twins, I suppose you also could say we got a double-dose of that because our Mother, Lonice Hobbs, always has been a hard worker and deeply dedicated to the job she held at Thomson Company for more than 20 years. She's been there through thick and thin for me, my brother and my sisters.
God richly blessed me and my four siblings with a GREAT Dad and a GREAT Mother!
When my Dad died of cancer at the age of 49, my Mother took over both roles. And she has filled those shoes very well I might say.
They both instilled in me, my brother and our three sisters, Deborah, Teresa and Donna, so many of life's moral values. They also taught us to think for ourselves and to make good, sound decisions.
I admit publicly that not all the decisions I've made in my life have been good ones. And when they didn't go as I had planned, my Mother heard about them because my Dad wasn't around.
I appreciate the fact that my Mother has been there for me and my siblings when my Dad couldn't be. She is a wonderful Lady and a TERRIFIC mom. And I love her very much, too. All of us would be so lost without her. My Mother is like the glue that holds our family together and I'm thankful every day for her!
In closing, I'd like to offer this advice for anyone who has a father or a mother and has lost contact with them for whatever reason -- please, get in touch with them and let them know how much you care about them and love them. There's no better time to say it than right now.