My father has had a significant influence on me and my life. I was only two when my mother died, and although I don’t remember how it impacted my father, I know it must have been devastating for him. He could have given up on life and thrown it all away, but he didn’t. He struggled through these hard times, but continued for me. He showed me what determination was when he got up every day to an empty bed, a house with ghostly memories of her and my face as a reminder of what she looked like.
He went to work and made a living to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. I have never seen someone as hardworking as he is. He still raised me and taught me the values of life. Everything he does comes back to me. He is the reason I am here today. When I am older and have a family of my own, I hope that I will be able to show them the love he showed for me. I hope that I will be able to work as hard as my father did and will be able to show the determination for my family as I go through life’s daily struggles.
When I face a problem nowadays, I always think of my father and how he would handle it. I try to be strong and face the problems knowing that it could be worse. I am determined and never give up on my goals, Just like my father. I will remain determined, hardworking, strong and loving for him because I know he wants me to. As I look at him today, I see the tired, stressed and worried lines indented into his forehead and only hope that I will be able to repay him for all that he has done for me, to be able to thank him for not giving up on his life and mine.