In his book, The Forgotten Commandment, Dennis Rainey encourages readers to write a formal tribute to their parents and present it to them during a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, holiday, etc.).  Following is an example of a tribute.  Click here for more information on honoring your parents and for more tribute examples.

Tribute to John Salyer from his daughter, Julie Majors:

To the World’s Greatest Dad

Not everybody has a dad like you. I am special—you’ve always given me ample attention. Time is a precious commodity for everyone, but I can count on you to take time for me, to make me feel important. In the 2nd grade, you sent me flowers in the hospital. Once we went on a fishing trip and rode the wiener, again and again. It thrilled my soul to hear you playing “jive” on the piano. On snow days, you’d sling us on sleds in the field behind your truck—we would laugh until our sides hurt.

How did you ever invent Billy Goat’s gruff? You have the best reading voice—stories would come alive when you opened a book. I love spending time with you no matter what we’re doing. Thanks for traveling with us, and helping me appreciate the mysteries of the mind. Just to name a few, you took us to Smithsonian—stayed first class in the Mayflower, Historic Williamsburg and wild Busch Gardens.

You took the time to teach me how to drive a stick. I felt loved when you maintained my car. You drove to Estill County to watch me run track. My friends were amazed you cared so much. I couldn’t believe you bought UK season football tickets to watch me in the band. Do you remember the spring break we took St. Louis by storm?!

In college, you helped me move a million times, never complaining. I’ll always treasure the furniture you’ve crafted especially for me. You asked me to skip down the aisle. Who else would do that except my Daddy-O? Thanks for taking the time to help me feel special.

I love you,


Christmas 2000

Tribute to Brenda Salyer from her daughter, Julie Majors:

To the Mom I’ve Taken for Granted:

Growing up, I thought, “Everyone’s mother loved them as much as mine did.” Mom, you’re a priceless gift to me. It’s taken a while to get my eyes off me but I appreciate you. I thank God for you. Your life exemplifies servant hood and I’ve learned so much from you by your example. You have taught me more than I can express and these are just a few illustrations:

You are the epitome of unconditional love. Philippians 2:3 describes you: “look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” You are compassionate. Over and over you have modeled forgiveness. You taught me the importance of going to visit people, even when they didn’t invite you. When I was sick and would stay home from school, I could count on a phone call at lunchtime, to ask how I was feeling.

You are creative … making gifts for people, angels, baskets. How many times have you tried to teach me to sew? Your hands are greener than anyone I know. You are heads and shoulders better than the world’s greatest chef. When it comes to hard work, you put everyone to shame. I didn’t realize how great you were till I tried these things myself – and I’m not even a mother yet!

You sacrifice so much! Giving of your time is natural. As a brownie troop leader you taught us sign language. You made countless trips to Lexington for piano, dance, baton, and gymnastics; I assumed everyone’s mom did the same. Everyday, I appreciate you more. One day, I want to be a mom, just like you.

I love you Mom,


Christmas 2000

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