When I was a teenager I got frustrated sometimes by his insistence that I could aim higher, improve my grades, shoot for the difficult goal. (no dad I really don’t want to do Maths A level… ever…) Perhaps with the innate laziness of youth I just wanted to kick back occasionally!! Looking back he wasn’t really nagging, but what he did was make me see I had a lot to offer and set the foundations for me to believe in myself ( That bit took a while though….!). It wasn’t just school work either. He encouraged me across the board, and especially in what I was doing in church and the beginnings of leadership skills that were learnt in Scouting, and in youth work. I’m sure it has been his unwavering belief, not in my abilities per se, but in my ability to go for it that has helped me take big steps in my life, believing somehow it would be ok. Applying to Cambridge was certainly one, and then there’s the Very Big Thing I’m doing now! I don’t think up to now I’ve been fully aware of dad’s part in this, it’s been less about specific advice, just that unwavering belief. Maybe it was seeing this card and realising it was perfect that has helped me see the bigger picture – but in any case, Thanks Dad, and Happy Fathers’ Day!