A letter from my son

Dear Dad,

Thank you for being my mentor. You teach me almost everything I need to know and have all the qualities of a mentor. You are smart, nice, patient, and helpful.

I needed help when I first started sailing, and you showed me how to do it. You showed me the lines, parts of the boat, where to sit, and how to go fast. And look, now I have trophies in my room.

Hopefully I can be a smart, nice, patient, and helpful mentor like you.

Signed,
Philip Dunay

Well, yesterday put the icing on that cake. This weekend my 12-year-old son sailed his boat against a field of 50+ racers at Belle Haven Yacht Club. When I arrived at the dock to pick him up after the race, he yelled over from the water: “Dad I took FIRST PLACE OVERALL!” Which means not only did he sail well, he sailed consistently in the top of the fleet and well enough to win the regatta completely!

Those of you who know me well know that sailing has been a big part of my life. And certainly no words can describe the feeling of my son decisively winning a first place trophy.

Sometimes in life you need to stop and enjoy the moment. This happens to be one of those, and I beg your indulgence as I congratulate my son, Philip Dunay.

4 comments to A letter from my son

  • Douglas Karr

    Congratulations, Paul! There’s no better feeling in the world than being a proud parent.

    And congratulations to your son!

  • Anonymous

    Philip is a rock star! Just like dad…the apple doesn’t fall far.
    Congrats!
    Felissa

  • Robert

    Congratulations to Philip! Thats great news.

    Perhaps Philip should considering mentoring others? Or at least learn how to start polishing silver trophy-ware?

  • Ed and Joanne Loniewski

    Congeratulations to the both of you. Great hearing about all your accomplishments. Keep up the good work. Good luck to the both of you in the future. Love
    Ed and Joanne Loniewski
    (Uncle Ed and Aunt Joanne)

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