My Relationship with My Father-in-Law

Just got this photo from my sister-in-law, Lydia.  It’s of my father-in-law Yates who is turning 75 years “young” tomorrow. He’s on a zip line at Lydia’s home. How could a photo like this not make anyone smile???



Yates on a Zip Line

I am one of the fortunate ones. I married into a wonderful family. As I wish my father-in-law a happy birthday, it’s a perfect opportunity to also express  how special he is to me. I remember over 10 years ago when just the two of us were sitting around my kitchen table. It has always been easy for me to chat with Yates. In particular, to talk about personal feelings of life and relationships. On that day we spoke about my interest in a new career. And at the time, it was to pursue some kind of counseling. I must have sounded wishy washy about my intent because he said something to the effect, “Carol, you’re not getting any younger! If you’re gonna do this, you better get moving!” He even said he would be willing to help pay for my schooling.

I will always be grateful to him for that conversation long ago. More specifically, the confidence that he believed in me.  That belief is one that gave me the push to move onward. It is one of the many things that has led me to where I am today. Yates is a loving father, father-in-law and grandfather. My wish for him is that he know how loved he is by each and every one of us. Thank you, Yates, for believing in each of us as you have… and equally important for your ability to still play and have fun!

Happy Birthday, Yates!

P.S., Lydia, thanks for sharing this photo with our family!