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How awesome that you were given a second chance to have a "real" dad. What a gift that MR is so much like him so you have that legacy to live on with. You are so loving and transparent when you remember people and things from your past, I love that so much about you! I pray your day will be filled with marvelous memories of "Dad" which will brighten your every step!
The only good thing to come out of my in-laws was my father in law. He was quite simply, a wonderful man and I am lucky because the Mr is exactly like him. My own father checked out on his dad duties when I was 8 but I was lucky enough to have a 2nd chance at a real dad when I met the Mr and he was kind enough to share him with me. Dad knew no strangers and even when he was the top dog at his office, he refused a high falootin' company car and asked for a trailblazer, like other "normal" employees had. He frequently gave up his parking space for employees of the month and yes, he even knew the janitors names as well as their wives. That's just how he was.
5 years ago today, we lost him to Multiple Myeloma. It was devastating to lose such an amazing man before his time. That was the day the glue of the family died and the true ugliness of the family came out in details too horrendous to repeat. Needless to say Dad would not be happy with the behavior of some. But Dad knows what was in our hearts and who was there for him from the beginning and not just when he got worse.
I miss him so much and was proud to be his daughter-in-law. I will thank him every day for instilling his personality, kindness and generosity in my husband. It's a gift I will always treasure just as I will treasure my memories of him.
I love you Dad!