Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

When I was four, my dad and I got married. In the living room floor of our home, he stood on his knees in front of me at eye level. I wore a purple princess costume and my mom did the honors. In the grand view of things, it may have been insignificant and only lasted a few minutes but honestly, it’s one of the best memories I have of my father and I. He was always doing things like that for me, and also for my brother. He’s known, at least in our family, for not disciplining us because “they wouldn’t let me!” He hated to see us upset. Whatever we wanted, he found a way to give it to us, no matter what. And that time, this little girl wanted to marry her daddy.

It’s true that a father is a girls first true love, of course not in the actual “fall in love” kind of way but the pure, consistent, strongest love there is. He was always there, supportive and kind, and still is today. I’m almost 19 and he still looks at me like I’m the little girl in that princess costume. I’m positive that there’s no other man on this earth that has the ability to do that, overlook all flaws and only see that love you’ve always had. (except my pawpaw of course)

You can see straight through him if you look him in the eyes. He’s honest, hardworking, and the best family man I know. As I’m writing this, we’re packed like sardines in his truck driving 11 hours to Florida with three adults, a 7 year old, and a toddler, and hes the only male. Not to mention all of the luggage that comes with that many people! It’s not the most pleasant situation but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He has to have his girls with him. We have so many pictures of him wrestling both of his granddaughters with a huge smile on his face.

The point of this blog is to show how thankful I am for his role in my life. As I get older, I realize more and more the effect he’s had on my life and how he’s shaped me as a person. Many people never have that positive influence in their life and today I feel truly blessed that I have one of the best Dad’s there is. I love you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day.

Oh, and he’s a looker too ;)

I'd also like to say Happy Father's Day to my brother, who is quite possibly the funnest Dad & Uncle that ever lived.

To my Pawpaw for his genuine love that shines every day that I see him. He's kind of like my father in that way, you can see straight through him to the strong heart he has.

And to Clayton. Madi's face lights up when she sees you, which reminds me of the true love I talked about with my Dad. She adores you, we both do.

“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.” - Joseph Addison

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