Meant to share this on Sunday, but had to do some tweaking. My role model’s role model….oh, if everyone had a Dad like this…..
“Hard work as religion, as calling”
By Lin-Manuel Miranda
Actor, writer, composer, lyricist, son
My dad works harder than your dad.
If he’s not proofreading, translating or writing columns for The Manhattan Times or The Bronx Free Press, for which he is a co-founder and publisher, he is recording his hour-long radio show, Portada, on channel 145 for the Sirius network.
If he’s not doing that, he’s working behind the scenes on one of any number of political campaigns, or toiling on behalf of one of his many clients for his company, The MirRam Group.
If he’s not doing that, he’s driving his nephew Miguel to or from school, blasting show tunes and hip-hop.
If he’s not doing that, he’s visiting our Abuela Mundi at the senior center, bringing her food, stocking her fridge, cashing her scratch-off tickets.
If he’s not doing that, he’s helping take care of my adorable nephews, age seven, five, and three, for whom he is the Super-Abuelo who sneaks them candy and secretly encourages them towards mischief.
If he’s not doing that, he’s calling me to find out what I’m doing.
If I don’t seem busy enough, he’s finding something for me to do. I have a new show entitled Bring It On coming to Broadway this summer, a new movie opening in August, and still he asks, “But is there something else you can be working on right now?”
This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day on which we get to say, “Thank you for the thousands of lives that are better every day because you make hard work your own religion, your sacred calling. Now take it easy, just for today.”
He’s not going to know what to do with himself.