Woke up at normal time, shower, coffee, kissed wife and kids goodbye – said “We might go out to dinner tonight to celebrate.” Wife was like – “Celebrate? Oh yeah, today’s your 100th day. Congrats.” They left as I did from the house to go run errands.
Get in my car and there are handmade cards from my kids telling me how proud they are of me and congratulations on 100 days. I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face or the tear from my eye. My youngest made me a card with a can of Skoal on the front of it with a red circle and slash going through it. I never left a can laying around or in open sight, but here in colored marker is my nemesis. Inside it said Happy 100th Dad! Roses are red, Violets are blue, Dont’ dip – it’s bad for you. Thanks for everything you do Dad. We love you and are proud of you. — Wow! My oldest made a card with 100 covering the front and she told me how proud she was of me and how she was glad that I stopped dipping. It said – You did it! I was really touched by these and had to leave a voice mail and text telling them how much I appreciated the cards.
So, I head in to my office and when I get there my receptionist congratulates me on 100 days. Not sure how she knows, but I thank her. I head down the hall and into my office and it’s filled with 100 helium balloons. My office is not small, but these are spread out and take up a large part of the ceiling. My partners come by and tell me congrats. My assistant comes in and tells me that she’s made banana pudding for me and it’s in the break room kitchen. She tells me that my wife planned the balloon thing and she helped pull it off.
I call my wife again to thank her and get voice mail again. A few minutes later she and the kids show up here to see the balloons and tell me again how proud they are and congrats.
I’m very blessed to have the support of my friends, family, and all of you here on this board. I don’t think I could have done it without any of you. Nothing will be able to wipe the smile off of my face today. I’m proud of myself and this accomplishment. I will not dip today.