Father’s Day is very special to my Pa and me. I am so lucky that he came into my life; growing up, he laid such a strong foundation for my brothers and me. We felt very safe and protected, and we knew he would always have a very strong presence in our lives.
As an adult, I realize now more than ever what an amazing feeling that is to have and grow up with, and I do everything I can to honor and keep our connection.
This year at the Oscars in his acceptance speech, J.K. Simmons told viewers to call their parents and tell them they love them, and his words couldn’t have resonated with me more. Even though kids grow up and life gets crazy, you’re capable of being connected to your parents forever, and I never want to lose sight of that. My life is hugely influenced by my Pa, and every day, the wisdom he’s passed on to me helps guide me.