I have to commend you on the best four hours that I have spent at this type of forum in my 33 years with Lockheed Martin.
I may or may not become a better Leader, but what this brought to me was a closer meaning of my family. I also have two daughters, both Auburn graduates and both with Masters Degrees. The sun rises and sets on these girls even though they are grown, one with her own family, and they know that Dad will do anything in my power for them. I must admit though I was one of those dads that wasn’t always there, I was on the road working at different sites and missed a lot, and when I turned around they were grown. I will not make the same mistake with my grand children.
You moved me in ways that I have not felt in a long time. The story you told about the letters you write to your girls reminded me of what my girls did for me. Every time I would travel they would draw pictures or write notes and sneak them into my suit case, as they got older and were on school trips they would send me post cards, even though they would be home before the post card got to me. By the way I have kept all of these in a notebook in my desk and will show them to my girls some day.
My mind was going at 90 mph when I got home and I think I sat and talked to my wife for two solid hours, on every part of what you talked to us about. You are an amazing person, with an amazing gift.
In ending I would like to say thank you for giving me a part of that gift. This is a first for me writing like this, but I had to give something back for what you gave to me. I hope your family remains blessed for always. By the way you live in a beautiful place as we visit Ashville from time to time, as my wife and I love to go and stay on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate.
Test Engineering Manager LMCO