June 21, 2009

On Father's Day

I have the best daddy in the entire world - and not just because he brought me into existence... though that certainly was an important contribution he made ;) - because he loves and supports me no matter what. I'm so thankful that I have a dad who is truly a part of my day to day life. My heart hurts for the many girls in the world that do not know the bond between a daddy and his daughter because everyone should have a dad like mine.

He's a dad that read me bedtime stories and dried my hair after a bath. He's a dad that brought home surprise banana milkshakes because he knew how much I liked them. He's a dad that left his job early so he could make it to my senior dance recital (which probably bored him to death) because he knew it was important to me. He's a dad that visited me in college and took me out for special meals after working a long soccer game. He's a dad that lets me start the crossword puzzles so I can answer all the easy questions.

He's also a father that loves my mother like a husband should. One of the biggest things I've learned from my dad is how a man should treat a woman. I love that he takes my mom on a movie date on a Sunday afternoon "just because" or goes shopping with her just so they can be together. I love that he still holds her hand when they walk side by side and drops her off at the door when it's raining. I'm so blessed to have been a witness to their marriage all of these years because they have been a wonderful example of how I hope my marriage will be.

You'd be hard pressed to find a man who is more dedicated to his family. He'd move mountains if that's what it took to make us happy (and sometimes, it's come close).

I love you, Daddy! Happy Father's Day!