Today is my dad's 80th birthday. He was only able to celebrate 48 birthdays.
My father used to say that all you could ask from a person was their best. I've always remembered this and tried not to expect perfection from anyone, including myself. When someone does their best, that is their perfection.
I ran across this quote in a blog I read, and it really struck me.
"You did what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better." -Maya Angelou
This is a very self-forgiving and healing quote that I instantly fell in love with. I was very young and petulant while my dad was here, and my greatest wish is that he knew me now.
I did only what I knew while he was here, but I wish I had known better.
Happy Birthday, Dad.
I miss you.