With Father's Day this Sunday, TODAY's series "Lessons from Dad" gives Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Willie Geist, and Al Roker a chance to share what their fathers mean to them. On Thursday, Al shared his feelings about his dad.
One of the greatest lessons I learned from my dad was to make sure your children know that you love them.
He made sure, at the end of every conversation, that we knew he loved us. If it was on the phone, it was an "I love you." If you were in person, it was a hug and a kiss and and " I love you." And there's nothing better.
I try to emulate him. I try to let my children know how much I love them.
I'm a hugger. I like to go in for the hug and kiss. I think much to the chagrin of many people.
There is the kind of a side-guy hug. as opposed to the "wrap around," bear hug. Burp them while you're hugging them and that's the HUG.And you always knew where you stood with Al Roker, Sr.
When I realized I most appreciated it was when he was dying.
Especially at the end, when he lost the ability to talk, you didn't need to say anything because you already knew.
He was all about his children. He wanted his children to be better than he was. He was a great bar to try to rise above.