“If it was easy, anybody could do it.” This is a statement from our dad that we’ve heard hundreds and hundreds of times throughout our lives. We salute our dad this Father’s Day and thank him for instilling a multitude of values in his children. He set an example of integrity, honesty, respect to our mom and now our wives, hard work, and positive attitude. He also says that stress is self-imposed, therefore he’s never stressed.
This is the last picture of Mark and dad. It was taken in May 2010 the day Mark left Florida on his way to Afghanistan. Mom and dad drove down and stayed at the Hampton Inn (where this pic was taken) just to see their boy one last time before he was deployed. We had no idea how the next few months (and now years) would unfold.
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” -Umberto Eco
This quote summarizes Ray Forester.
Below is another picture of a proud father. It was taken the day Mark graduated from The University of Alabama in 2006.
You can learn more about our dad by reading Mark’s book, My Brother in Arms.