|My dad and I, probably around 1980|
My parents married young and had me young. I remember when I was really little, they were pretty broke, but they always made sure I had what I needed and wanted.
We used to take day trips to the beach, or San Francisco, or to the lake. They always found a way to do something fun for very little money.
My dad is a hard working man. There are times when he's worked seven days a week to provide for his family, to give us a better life. He's always put his family first, before his own needs. Even if he was having a bad day, or going through a rough time, my dad has always stepped up and taken care of business.
My dad also knows how to have fun. Thanks to my dad, my brother and I have always known that when all else fails, humor can go a long way to improving your day. Loud music can solve any problem. You're never too old to be silly.
My dad has always given silly nicknames to us and to those close to us. My brother and I always knew that when our friends or significant other got a nickname from Pop, they were accepted into the family.
My dad has a logical brain with a creative side. He believes every problem has a solution, and, although it's taken me many years, I'm finally learning from him that it's better to look for solutions to a problem than to cry about it.
There were times when I felt like my dad didn't understand me, but now I see that he just wanted me to learn to be stronger and use some common sense - not always easy for someone who tends to be led by their heart and their emotions.
My dad is an amazing grandpa. The sort of grandpa who might feed you ice cream for breakfast or take you on a spontaneous Harley ride. I am so thankful that my children have had such a great male influence in their lives.
My dad is a man of his word. It seems to be more rare these days, to find people who are reliable and follow through. My dad has always been this man. If he commits to it, he will not only do it, but he will exceed your expectations.
My dad has taught me a lot, and some of the things he's taught me took years and years to sink in, but he is probably the wisest person I know.
My dad has taught me that there's no reason to act old just because of your age. My dad has taught me that you keep fighting for what you want in life. My dad taught me that hard work pays off and if something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. My dad taught me that you stand by your family and take care of each other, even if that means inconveniencing yourself. My dad has taught me that doing the right thing is more important than getting credit for it. My dad has also taught me that what you think of yourself is far more important than what others think of you.
I don't get to see my dad today, on Father's Day, but I am so very thankful that I do get to see him on a regular basis. I realize how blessed I am to have such an amazing man for a father.