Commemorative Speech: Father
Over the years his real job has come with many different titles. For 44 years he has been a son and brother, for 22 he has been a loving father, for 23 he has been a dedicated husband, and for 21 years and counting he has been and will always be my mentor. Today I would like to honor my father Carlos Moran, and explain to you how and why he has become my mentor. Standing at exactly 6 feet tall, sporting dark black hair and tan skin, being loud, extremely talkative and radiating with energy, are just a few characteristics that can be attributed to his Puerto Rican heritage. When introducing himself to someone new, he reaches out his rough and calloused hand giving them a firm handshake and replies “My name’s Carl Moran, really honest”. My father has the ability to make friends with anyone because he is truly a ...view middle of the document...
Moving away from home and being in college, I look back on my years at home with a little bit of sadness and tad bit of regret. I realize that I took my father for granted. When I would complain about how much homework a teacher had given me, I never once heard him complain about staying late after work. When I would complain about not having the latest outfit, I never once heard him complain about the worn out jeans and shoes he always wore. When I would complain about being tired, I never once heard my father say how exhausted he was from working long hours. My father was the hardest worker I know. My father and mother together have raised three children. While my mom stayed at home taking care of the young ones, my father would be working to provide for his young family. When the children reached schooling age, my parents were smart with the money my father diligently worked for. When sending their children to a local public school would be easy and cost much less money, my parents made the decision to pay for private education for all three of us children. My father knew it was more important for his children to receive an education that was grounded in the word of God, than have extra money his pocket. I would have never this opportunity if my father did not have the work ethic he has still obtains to this day.
I try and never let a day go by without thinking of what a wonderful father God has blessed me with. So now I would like to challenge you. To take what my father has taught me by making the most out of life circumstances, and taking time to invest in other people. And never forget that your parents really are smarter than you think. Right now I would like to thank my father, Carl Moran, for encouraging and supporting me in every area of my life, for not giving up on me, picking me up when I fail, and constantly loving me.