Almost brings a tear to the eye because its so true, if you weren't worthy of their love(a ridiculous idea, my friend) they would have left and never come back...My son is still young. He's 13. I have noticed a definite, positive change in him shortly after my retirement and I was home on a regular basis. Don't worry about being worthy of their love, in their eyes, you are, otherwise they would not be with you now.
To the departmental idiot, we all have them, we have a phrase in the subforce "You are an E-6 not a First Class" That combined with 'Get qualified Nub' gets most of our idiots to just shut up and fade to the background of not making decisions and just doing what they are told.