Northwest NEWS

June 10, 2002


'My father and I'

Jake Stone, a 6th grader at East Ridge Elementary in Woodinville, won 1st prize in his grade level for his essay on "What My Father Means to Me."
   He was one of nearly 2,400 students from 80 schools who participated in the 2002 Seattle Mariners Father of the Year Essay Contest. Jake and his father, Bob Stone, were honored at aspecial ceremony June 12 prior to attending a Mariners game as guests of honor.
   My father and I
   by Jake Stone
   My dad and I share a unique relationship that is close and warm. I see my dad as a wonderful man who works hard to support our family and tries to be the best dad he can be.
   I honor him for the time and effort he spends in being such a good and loving father. He is helping me grow up so that I will be ready to take on a family some day and be the same kind of loving, caring father that he is for me.
   My dad always puts 110 percent into being a super father. He is there for me, whether it is to cheer me on at my sports games or to applaud me at my band concerts and my piano recitals.
   The point is he would never miss these activities for all the money in the world because he wants to show his support for my efforts in everything I do. I know it's his way of showing how much he cares about me and how proud he is when I try my best. When I know he's there, rooting for me, I try even harder to succeed.
   There are a lot of special moments that I share with my father. We both really enjoy playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and baseball.
   We often play catch or shoot hoops in the backyard, just him and I. During these perfect moments we talk about what's going on in our lives and often joke around with one another.
   It seems like we are in a whole different world when we talk. No one else is listening and it is easy to express ourselves and speak our thoughts, especially those that we would not normally say when we are among other people.I treasure these special times when it's just my dad and I alone together.
   I think my dad is doing a great job of helping me prepare for the "real" world, the world when you don't have your parents around to help you make good decisions. He knows it's important for me to learn how to take care of myself and how to help around the house.
   He insists that I do chores and instructs me on how to do such things as mow the lawn, clean the garage, use various tools, cook pancakes and bake cookies.
   Sometimes when he asks me to come outside and help him with certain chores, I reply, "I don't want to" because what I really want to do is play with my friends.
   I understand, however, that what he is trying to do is to show me what I will have to do when I am the man of the house and have to take care of my own family.
   My dad is my hero. He is the man I look up to and the man I most respect in this world. I know I am very fortunate to have a dad like him and I can only hope that I can be like him when I am an adult.