Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. ~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
Time sure flies, doesn't it? This picture is already 11 years old! For almost 20 years, you've been their Protector and you have kept "a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life". I couldn't have picked a better Father for my children.
I love you,