Father’s day is on Sunday and I thought what better way to celebrate my dad than share my favorite stories about him. My dad is incredibly smart. He knows a lot about everything. He’s also pretty wise. Growing up he gave my brother and I life lectures when we needed them most. Here’s a little tribute to my dad. Enjoy!
My father and I have always had a close relationship. I guess it stems back from me being an only child until I was about 3. I’m convinced my father wanted a boy or that he didn’t believe in gender stereotypes because he would buy me Leggos and Hot Wheels cars to play with. I’m convinced it’s the latter! My mom worked crazy hours when I was little so it was always my dad at home with me before I started going to preschool. There are these home videos of us playing around with toys while his classic rock music blared in the background. He started introducing his music to me at a young age…it definitely stuck!
When my brother came along I started to get rather intimidated of my dad. He was big scary dad. If I did something wrong I’d get in trouble. So I stopped talking to him. My mother said he would look at me wrong and I’d burst into tears. I was emotional even as a child. (Some things never change!) Even though he seemed scary to me, he was always supportive. He came to every single dance competition. He never missed an opportunity to tell me, “Great job, Sport”, after performing. Not a lot of dance dads made it out to competitions let alone recitals. My dad was one of the few. That left an impression on me.
It wasn’t until high school that I realized how much of an impact my bond with my dad would have. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just broken up with my first boyfriend after a year of dating and I wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. I had broken down on my bathroom floor like the 17-year-old emotional mess that I was when my dad knocked and asked if I was okay. I said no and he asked that I come sit out on the couch in our living room. We sat and talked about what I was going through and to my surprise my dad had been through something similar in high school. It was the first time my dad had really ever opened up about something personal to him. It was a changing moment for me.
My dad’s ability to open up that day forever changed the dynamic of our relationship. He went from being just dad to someone I could rely on if I ever needed anyone to talk to. Since then he’s given multiple “life lectures” as I like to call them! When I moved away to college, I’d call him every so often and get a life lecture that I was sure to roll my eyes at-back then but benefited from in the long run. When he met Judd I just knew that I had his stamp of approval. Now my dad gives us both lectures and life lessons that we both cherish. I am always grateful for my father and the impact he has made upon my life. Happy Father’s Day, dad! Love you to the moon and back times infinity!
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