Today I said goodbye:
To my first friend,
my first coach,
my first fan,
my first role model.
I said goodbye to the man who taught me how to become a man, and continually made me strive to
I said goodbye to the man who continually reminded me to
accept my shortcomings,
be a good citizen,
and take responsibility for my actions.
Dad, I miss you already.
Not a day will go by that I do not think about you,
all you have given our family,
all the lessons you have taught us.
You were a remarkable human being,
with an enormous capacity to love,
I hope, that I if I have the chance to live as long as you,
I can look back on my life, as you did,
and enjoy it a second time.
Love you Papa.
My dad with Janina during my first attempt at a triathlon. He was there encouraging me—never to try this again—but encouraging me all the same.