Father's Day

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

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July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

I know Moms get a lot of love and attention in the family, but this weekend is all about Dad! If you are lucky to have yours around, I hope you have big plans for him this Father's Day weekend. As I have mentioned, my father died in 1999 of cancer, and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him.

Gone for more than ten years, but still very present in my life. Joe Pasceri was quite a guy. Practical, protective, and hard working, but also very social with a great sense of humor. He was a self-employed electrician. He was known around town by his school bus yellow van with the words, "Pasceri Electric" emblazoned in blue on the side. He was a workaholic. Always happy and whistling on the job. He worked six days a week, but we are still reaping the benefits of his efforts. He was able to pay for me and my three older sisters to go to college, and Mom is being well cared for today.

Don't get me wrong, we weren't spoiled by any means. Dad always made sure we had what we needed, with very few frills. He was also a typical, strict Italian father. He kept a tight rein on me and my sisters. Oh, there were times I hated that growing up, but now that I am all grown up with my kids, I find myself raising my girls the same way! He instilled in us basic values to succeed in life, and I credit that no-nonsense approach to the success I have achieved today. He also prepared us for disappointment, teaching us to dust ourselves off and keep on going.

Not only did I have a great Dad, I am lucky enough to have married one. My husband is a wonderful Dad to our two girls. So, this weekend, we'll honor him, and keep my Dad in our thoughts and hearts, knowing he's still looking out for our family, just like he did when he was alive. Happy Father's Day, Dads!