Dear Dad and Mum,

It is 45 years since I lost you, Dad, and almost 30 years since Mum joined you in heaven. But there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and of the lessons you taught me.

Dad, I strive each day to your sense of humor, patience and thoughtful wisdom . And, so much like you, I saw retirement not as a door closing but as one opening. Here I am, 79 in a few weeks, still working and having the time of my life. Mum, you taught me to conquer adversity and rise up just as you beat TB and cancer. and became a renowned author and horticulturalist

But of the most lasting lessons that you taught me was that I was Dave Wilson, and no one else. And when I was down, we would sit in the library and read the poem Be the Best of Whatever You Are.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are

You always were, are and always will be my heroes.

Love forever,

You are my Hero!


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