Like Father, Like Son



“ The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson ~

On Sunday, May, 22nd I lost one of the most important and influential people in my life, my father and although I have, and will always miss him, I was fortunate enough to have worked by his side in a family owned business for fifteen-years.

They were easily the most rewarding and memorable years of my life, in which he taught me many things, but showed me so much more.

It was during this time that we became extremely close; both my daughters were born; I bought my first home and experienced the loss of a grandparent, his father.

We also met a variety of very interesting people along the way from many walks of life, which allowed me to witness his interactions with others in amazement, as there was never a time that he didn’t treat everyone no matter who they were, the very same way, he himself would like to be treated.

He was truly inspiring and I could not have had a better role model. In fact, one of the last things we had a chance talk about was my writing. “ I told him, it was in God’s hands. He said, as is everything.”

So, Dad this is for you, not only for all you’ve taught me, but also for everything, I have become. I hope it makes you proud.

Like Father, Like Son

I have followed in your footsteps,
you have taught me many things,
shown me many more.

Like, what it was to be a caring son,
takes to be a devoted father,
means to be a loving grandfather.

I will never forget all you taught me,
always treasure what you have shown me.
In life, it is less important what you are,
than what you become.

If I can become, as caring a son,
devoted a father, loving a grandfather,
It will be your legacy I keep.

©2000 Richard Lawrence Belford


                 (Lawrence Earl James Belford June, 18, 1936 — May 22, 2016)

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.


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Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his personal stories behind their origin and creation. It is entitled; “ It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later. ”

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard is actively looking to partner with a publishing company and hopes to have his book published in the near future. In the meantime, he invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelford and check out his Facebook page at:

He can be contacted by email at: or you can visit his website at:  for additional information.

“ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~ Maya Angelou ~

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