What’s it been? 34 years since we talked?
I just wanted to show you something I made. It’s a company called Your Fly Guys and we are killing it! Killing it is a good thing, so you know.
I finally feel like I’m becoming the son you could be proud of.
Not that you wouldn’t have been proud of me either way, but let’s face it; You left some big shoes to fill. Bigger than I ever thought I could.
Your legacy in your 26 years of life casts a shadow that most men, in their full life, could never measure up to.
I have the pressure of being your only son. The son of Sergeant First Class Thomas Michael Womack. A man respected and revered by his peers.
It seems like a daunting task to even attempt to live up to that reputation. So, up until now I haven’t even tried. Left with a life feeling less than adequate because your amazing father set a bar that, without instruction and training, would never be met. I know you would have made me great if you had the life to dedicate to me. Unfortunately, cancer took you so soon.
I was three. How could you prepare me for this life at that age?
You did what you could. You tasked several great men with staying in touch with me. Delivering the message of who you are and your expectations of what kind of man you wanted me to be.
They have, too. I got your guns, and army gear, your letters, and a general idea of the man you were and expected me to be.
All found in your long casting shadow.
I built you something, though. I call it Your Fly Guys. We do aerial photography and we do it better than anyone.
Sometimes when I get really close to the edge of the sky I feel like you are close to me again. Like you aren’t looking down on me, but that we are on the same plane.
I hope that is true, because all I’ve ever wanted was your approval. Without you here I’m left to having to make up both sides of the conversation. It doesn’t always end with your approval. Yet, it motivates me all the same.
I miss, you Dad. I’m glad I got three years with you and they are tattooed on my very existence.
If I’m honest, I know what being a man, a success, a self-actualized entrepreneur is, not by what you could have taught me, but what what I want to strive to be…and will be because you are my Dad.
Just wanted you to know that I will make you proud. Thanks for your patience and expectations…