There are some things you can learn by studying, some by experiencing, and some by watching. I was blessed to learn what a dad is in all three ways.
I love the saying, “any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
To me a dad is…
the hugest fan
the compliment giver
the story reader
the math tudor
the bonfire builder
the builder of pretty much anything
the fixer of just about everything
the worst shopper ever
the embarrassing joke teller
the source of all one liners
the great listener
the advice giver
the questionable dresser
the teaser of the ones he loves
the brave leader
I must also add…
There were times when my dad embarrassed me by doing things like holding my hand in front of friends.
Almost 30 years later, I will proudly hold my dad’s hand anywhere/any time. The older I get the more precious I realize it is to have my earthly father still here on this planet… but better yet, to know that he loves me and believes in me.
As early as I can remember my dad has always told me that I have a heart of a lion.
He encouraged me to be brave, strong, bold and to always have faith.
This is the best gift he has ever given me.
As a little girl I remember the pep talks before a softball game, turkey trot, or oral language festival.
He would make me feel like strong/smart/fast/beautiful… Pretty much whatever I was lacking or needed to complete the task ahead.
Those simple pep talks got bigger and more important as I entered college, motherhood, and marriage.
That encouragement has molded me into the woman sitting here at this key board with all the bold opinions.
The woman that braves 4 munchkins every day, some with more needs than others.
The woman that is determined to change the world.
In fact… I was having a rough day a few months back and called my folks just to check in. They could obviously hear the distress in my voice and the screaming in the background.
By the time I got off the phone… I felt like a rock star, a force to be reckoned with, and was reminded of the heart of a lion.
(Bring it on you little curtain climbers… I’ve got this because my daddy says I can!)
Dad – Thanks for loving me when I was unloveable and encouraging me when it seemed like all hope was lost. You make me brave.
I am forever grateful for the gift of a man that I call Daddy and glad to share him as Opa.