Step qualifies father... as if to emphasize it is not the same as plain father. Does it mean a step down, though? Or is it a step up from mere father? When it came to Charles Petrelli, my stepfather, it was the latter. He was a man who stepped up to the plate and performed the role of father with greatness.
Charlie came into my life when I was fifteen. I am now forty-eight. I was blessed to have him in my life for thirty-three years. I miss him already. But there are so many memories that will keep him alive inside my heart. His spirit beats on.
My stepfather was a wonderful grandfather and husband as well. He loved and cherished the two people I value most in life: my mother and my son. He nurtured and protected both and guided them when needed with strength and confidence. He was a wonderful role model to us all: sharp, classy, loving, giving... and most of all, gracious. I was always proud to be with him in public. He had an air of sophistication about him which made me feel like a class-act myself when in his presence.
He was a handsome man. An educated man. A sensitive man.
Thank you for being a part of my life, Dad. Your wise words will help me stay strong and on a path forward towards greater things... because I aim to be a success just like you.
I love you.
Your daughter, Jen.
In loving memory: February 2, 1940 ~ April 16, 2016