There are so many different ways I could describe Lou Gregory. To know my dad is to love him, laugh with him, learn with him, and grow with him. Since the day I was born, my father has continuously taught me how to be a good person while navigating the craziness of this world. “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” “Always give back,” and “Communicate” are a few key lessons that have been ingrained in my head from an early age. Having been a teacher and coach for so many years, it’s pretty much in his nature. I’m thankful to have a father/teacher who is so passionate about educating others and having open communication.
One of the many reasons I love my dad is his outgoing personality and ability to befriend anyone. I mean ANYONE. You could put him in a room with 7 strangers for an hour and they will all walk out cracking inside jokes. His ability to bring people together and make individuals feel seen and heard is unmatched. Not to mention, his elevator pitch is the best in the business! His infectious smile and outward kindness have truly helped me grow into the person I am today, and for that, I am extremely blessed.
As far as dad’s duties are concerned, he is always my first call when something goes awry. Whether it’s falling for a credit card scam, nails in my tire every other month, or questions about the stock market, dad is always the first call even at 26 years old. And he always answers! At this point, I think I know what to do in these situations, but it’s incredibly reassuring when dad is there to make sure I’m on the right track.
Lastly, my father is the most incredible partner to my mother that I’ve ever seen. I’m truly blessed to have such wonderful parents, but watching my dad navigate through all sorts of life events side by side with my mom has truly shown me how a man should treat a woman, and has shown me the standard to look for in a partner. He truly loves every part of her, good and bad, and has such a way with navigating both the ups and downs of a long term relationship. This isn’t always the case, especially in the black community, and I am very thankful to have such a great role model.
In all, I truly believe my father is an angel sent from above. And as he would say “The last perfect man died on the cross,” but I like to think he’s pretty close. Happy Father’s Day to the best there is!