A few years ago I had a story in a book edited by the late Tim Russert. The book, Wisdom of Our Fathers, allowed me to write about one of the most precious things a parent can give -- unconditional love. My Dad did not approve of everything we did, but we never doubted his love. He didn't brag about us to others or push us into activities or accomplishments that would make him look good. But privately, we knew that he thought we were the best. My original title for the piece was, "My Father Would Have Loved My Children." My father did not live to see my little tan children, but I know he would have loved them, not just because of who they are, but because of who he was.