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The Unassuming Hero

There's this man I know. 

I'm told this picture was taken on the day I first smiled. Seems fitting that I'm looking into his eyes because he can still make me smile 38 years later. 
Ray Smith is his name. He's my dad. 
He isn't the life of the party. He doesn't command the attention of a room. He isn't wildly wealthy or always driving up in the latest amazing sports car. He doesn't care all that much about brand names or the applause of those around him. Upscale restaurants actually make him a little uncomfortable with all the doting attention of the servers. He's not interested in long, luxurious vacations, although as a retired man who has worked hard all his life, he'd certainly be entitled to just that by most folks' standards. 

I've told you a few of the things this man does NOT care much about. So what does he care about? What drives him? 
People. Plain and simple.  
My father is a man who shows up when others do not. He's the…