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“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Growing up, one of the most remarkable things I witnessed about Dad was his loyalty  to those closest to him.

Oma, Dad, Mom, Mike and me

Oma, Dad, Mom, Mike and me

Through his actions, the most valuable lesson he taught me was that a person is only as good as their word.

His word was always surer than any signed contract.

Of course there are always extenuating circumstances that interfere with one’s desire to keep their word,

like a thunderstorm spoiling a promised picnic when we were kids;

for the most part, Dad did all he could to keep his word.

Loyalty and keeping one’s word consistently are attributes that lend themselves to integrity.

I work hard to exemplify these qualities. I want my word to be as good as – if not better than – any contract.

I want to be that person who means and does what they say,

who can be counted on and is loyal to those that I’m closest to.

Even if it means that I don’t come out on top.