We had an idea… since mid-June has Father’s Day, Jean & Alison wanted to share about the men in their lives.
The three prominent men in my life have demonstrated some amazing qualities that I deeply respect.
My dad, Eric…
was a man who carried himself with a sense of elegance. I remember how important it was for him to have his shoes polished, a clean handkerchief in his back pocket (which seemed to always come in handy) and him saying to me, “Take pride in your ride”… meaning, don’t drive around in a messy car. My dad enjoyed the finer things in life, probably because his dad was a highly trained butler from England, and his mom an acclaimed gourmet chef. They met and worked for the Vanderbilt family for several years together, and prided themselves in creating beautiful living experiences. My Dad taught me to respect my appearance and that details matter. Not everyone will notice all the effort you put into something, however, it’s really about you honoring yourself and expressing that respect in your own unique way.
My husband, Alex…
is from the same generation as my dad… and, so, I see a lot of similarities between the two. One of the many qualities that I admire about my husband, is his ingeniousness. Alex loves a good challenge and he’s remarkable at thinking outside the box to accomplish his goal. I think he gets some of that from his mom… she was very creative in her own way. Alex would much rather figure something out on his own, than call in someone to take care of it. For instance, when redoing my bathroom, he could have easily hired a crew to do it all…but he didn’t. He worked on my bathroom daily, facing many different problems that needed unique solutions. He solved them all and created a room exactly the way I wanted it. Watching Alex, reminds me that I am more capable than I think and that when there’s a will there’s a way.
My son, Matthew…
has this great ability to gather people together, become inspired, and then create something from that gathering. Even though he was not raised in a family of restaurateurs, he and his partner Nodar, decided to create a Mexican restaurant in Harlem, NY. What really blew me away was Matt’s self-determination to complete this project. There were so many naysayers and obstacles he had to overcome. With all good intentions, many people tried to deter Matthew from opening a restaurant. However, Matt kept his eye on his goal, stayed true and focused to his heart’s desire and now he is the proud co-owner of not one, but two excellent restaurants in New York City. When I visit Matt’s restaurants, it’s exciting to see how many people really enjoy this space that he has created.
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I love these men in my life; they are all so truly wonderful in their own perfect way…
I am forever blessed by them.
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Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex. Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.
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Thank you so much for sharing such heartwarming attributes of the wonderful men in your life. You have so much of them woven into your beautiful fabric. Your elegance stands out, as does your determination and creativity. Thank you for the reminder to take the time to appreciate the great gifts we can honor in ourselves and others. Sending you so much love 🙂
You’re thoughtful comments always brings a smile to my face.
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Both articles were beautiful blessings and touched my heart, my friends. Thank you, Alison and Jean, for sharing these tributes to your wonderful men – in this era where there is so much divisiveness it is so good to hear so much love and be reminded that yes, there are truly good men out there, and we know some of them.
Heartfelt tributes to the men in your lives. Thanks for sharing. Happy Fathers Day in advance to both your husbands.
Thank you so much, Elin! Give your 4 my best wished
What wonderful comments about your father, Alex and your son. Looking forward to visiting his and his partners restaurant when we are in New York. Love Mexican food.
My parents had an Italian restaurant and we were kids. The first to have Pizza along with a full Italian menu back on the 50’s in my hometown in Michigan. Many fond memories of spending my first ten years of my life. My mother had to sell due to urban renewal and after my father passed away suddenly when I was 7. So I remember my mother who was both mother and father to me. She instilled a great work ethic for us from when we were very young. She was always there to take care of us.
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Happy Father’s Day Alex and enjoy your day. Stay positive and continued prayers.
A big thank you to Jean for bringing up this topic. At the moment I am a son, but eventually in my life I will have to become a husband and father. From the perspective of a man, I want to say that it is very fulfilling to have a woman with whom you have mutual respect. If this feeling is not mutual, then we can never be on the same level of gratitude, understanding, and harmony. Nevertheless, even though I am just a son, I deeply respect my mother, and will carry on this respect to my future wife a kids.
Alex you not alone in this fight. My mom is in stage 4 also with pancreatic cancer. She has been fighting it 3 years
Thank you so much for taking the time to post me a comment. I agree, mutual respect is key to a beautiful relationship. I wish you all the best in life, always. Love, Jean
My dad is battling stage 4 cancer too, I just pray when he starts chemo it will work as well as It has for your husband. Please share, it would be such a blessing for our family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/gumaro-mata-srs-cancer-fund
Prayers for you and the family during this difficult time in your lives . I see the sadness in Alex’s eyes each and everyday during episodes of jeopardy, My heart hurts and I am sadden to see such a wonderful caring loving human being going through this obstacle in his life. Life is not fair but he makes the best of it each and every day. I admire his courage and fight to beat this awful thing called cancer. Stay strong , walk with a smile and always think positive. He will get through this.
Share with Alex that he is not fighting this alone, He has his loving family and millions of others walking with him through this journey.