Friday, June 24, 2011
The Greatest Dad
Great things about my dad??? Well there is a bunch.....
He is a joketeller and a storyteller: First off everyone loves him and he can make a friend just about anywhere, in any situation. He tells old man jokes and loves sports. He's a straight out a funny guy and he has the best stories of growing up in the 60's and 70's (most of them aren't true...in particular the one about who he smoked his first joint with Bob Dylan). He tells big fish stories - literally stories about huge fish that he has caught (which seem to get more dramatic every time he tells them and he uses more hand motions).
He always shows unconditional love - in his own way of course: He came to every soccer game or swim meet or basketball game or track meet I was ever in. It didn't matter if I didn't play at all....he still came to watch me. He also let me move 6,000 miles away when I was 18 to make my own way through life. He checks my oil and windshield wiper fluid every time I come home...that is definitely unconditional love when you have a daughter who knows nothing about cars.
He is one of the funniest people I know and embarrassing too: He made up words and sang them in songs when I was a kid and I didn't realize that they weren't real words until I got into grade school...strange I know. He always farts in the grocery store aisle and then when someone walks by he blames the act on me. When I had boyfriends over the house he would casually say things like "Safe sex is no sex at all" or go on and on about the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me. One time there was a boy that I was head over heels for and had barely even spoken to (oh those were the days!) and he showed up at my soccer game. Don't ask me how my father found out he was there (he knew the name because I had talked about this boy at home) but my dad tried to pay someone in the stands $10 to bring the boy over to him so he could meet him.
He gets life and the bigger picture: I remember when I was in 5th grade and our elementary school had a night for mother's and daughter's to attend together to go over "female adolescent health" - well my mom had to work and she sent me with my dad instead. I had no objection since I didn't know what was going on anyway....well that was until I got there. My dad was the only man in that room and he wasn't a bit uncomfortable. I think he even raised his hand and asked a question about the menstrual cycle. I on the other hand I was mortified - especially when they handed around tampons and my dad told me to take a bunch and hand them out as party favors at my birthday party....he's hilarious isn't he??? But he got that it didn't matter if he was the only man there...it didn't bother him. He was just doing something for his daughter and making it as interesting as he possibly could.
I had to tell people for like a month that my mom had left us just so I had an explanation as to why my father was there instead of my mom.
With my dad there is never a dull unloved moment. He has his own way of doing things but he is an amazing example of love and how to live your life. Thank you dad!