1) He loves talking about current events and politics as much or more as I do.
2) He’s good at seeing the bright side when we talk about life, the future, etc.
3) If I needed to call him at 3 AM to talk or ask him how to fix something, he’d gladly answer and talk me through it.
4) He loves music as much as I do. He writes songs, plays the guitar and even sings now too.
5) He works hard.
6) He is very supportive of my weight-loss journey. He’s proud of me for many reasons, and he’s not afraid to show it.
7) When he visits me in New York, he gets up early to touch up the paint in the living room and in the stairwell while I sleep in. He also fixes things that need to be fixed like the bathtub shower thingy. (See why he needs to be on top of things? I call it ‘the shower thingy.’)
8) When we walk together, he doesn’t walk in front of me or behind me…he walks beside me..always has..
9) I can talk to him about boys. Seriously…he listens, gives advice and shares his opinions…and he never rushes to change the subject when I feel like being chatty about it.
10) When I need him, he does anything in his power to be there for me…wherever he is.
Growing up, sometimes I thought Dad was mean, and sometimes he was (like the time I was strictly forbidden to listen to New Kids on the Block. Still scarred over that one Dad. hehe) But he did his best, along with my mom, to give me the foundation I’d need to make it as a grownup. He wasn’t perfect…he’s made mistakes. But he’s never stopped trying to be the best father he could be. And I think my sister would agree that his kids turned out pretty well. 😉
I like my dad more as a grownup than I did as a kid. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always loved him, but now I don’t fear him, I respect him. I wish I could give him a hug today and take him to Golden Palace, but that will have to wait until late next month. Until then, I’ll just be grateful that I have some time with him to look forward to.
Happy Father’s Day Dad. I love you…