Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day to my Daddy!

Hollywood sure missed out for Top Gun casting!
I am so thankful for my dad! One thing I always wanted was to have my dad walk me down the aisle. I am so glad that I was able to experience that. And even more than that, he actually officiated our wedding!
My dad has always been my "hero", even as I got older and realized that even he wasn't a perfect human being. He has always done so much for our family. He has always provided for us and taken care of us.
I have always relied on my dad to fix everything, from vehicle problems to a broken dishwasher spraying in his face. He is also an expert campsite trench- digger & blue tarp hanger, for those of you who have ever camped during a northwest monsoon.
I have a vivid memory of riding in the child seat on the back of his bicycle, flying at what seemed like 100 miles an hour down a hill at Point Defiance Park. I have always trusted him and know that he would do anything for me.
I think the first time I consciously acknowledged how much my dad means to me was when my grandpa passed away. I saw what a difficult time that was for my dad, knowing that he would not see his dad again. I felt a wave of thankfulness and relief knowing that even after I don't have my dad here, I know I'll see him again. I can't imagine not having that comfort.
I know so many people grow up without a dad or a good father figure in their lives. I'm so thankful that my husband and my dad have a good relationship that grows stronger every day.
So, Daddy, I want you to know how much you mean to me, how much I appreciate everything you do and have done for me, and how much I love you.
Happy Father's Day!