Please give your verdict on the speech I hope to give at my Dad's party.
I’ve learned many things over the years from you. I know how to hang wallpaper, but I won’t promise I can still do it, or that the wall hasn’t fallen down. I know how to catch a fish, okay so I’ve never actually succeeded doing that with a rod, but my fish traps are pretty effective. I can build a campfire, whittle a walking stick, scavange from the woods, build a sand sculpture, play golf (badly), cricket a little bit better, and do many other things too. They may not be skills I call upon daily but they are useful to me nonetheless. I mean heck if I ever get stranded on a desert island I’m going to be just fine. By the time I’m done it’ll be the best decorated golf resort around.
One of the most important things you’ve taught me over the years is the value of hard work. For 34 years, you’ve worked long and tiring hours to provide for your family. Your job was often harder and muckier than the dream job of being the first man to break the land speed record in a Fiat Brava. You’ve taken us all over the globe on holidays, there have always been plenty of gifts on Birthday’s and Christmases, and over the years you’ve allowed us to pursue many hobbies and activities.
When I passed my GCSE’s you said to me that, as a parent you always hope your children will surpass you, well without all of your hard work and dedication, we would never have been able to achieve as much as we have so far.
Enjoy your retirement dad, you truly deserve it.