I think we share a special bond that not many have. I mean, lets be honest, who else has tried to teach their daughter to change her tires every year for the past 6 years and let her get away with only doing 1 tire every year? You. Who else would be willing to spend their Friday night with me, crying over a guy, rather than having a drink on the dock with friends? You. What Dad willingly watches the Kardashians just to get that extra time in with their daughter? You. What crazy father let’s their daughter use a drill just because she thinks it’s fun? You!
Really though, it comes down to more than snow tires and the Kardashians. You, Y O U, are the man that has taught me that no man is worth changing myself for. You are the one to pick me up off the floor and remind me how amazing I am when I simply, just don’t believe it. You are the man that has built an inner strength in me that continues to tell me that no one can tell me what I can and can’t do. You are the one that pushes me out of my boundaries and into the uncomfortable waters of the unknown. You gave me my wild sense of adventure. You bring me back down to Earth when I am panicking in Outer Space. You, Daddyo, are my rock, my shoulder to cry on, and one of my greatest confidants.
Daddy, you have raised us kids to be strong and independent individuals who deeply care for those around us. You remind us at how precious life is and how each moment and experience needs to be treasured, not passed by. You continue to show us what drive looks like and that sticking to your guns is worth the risk. You are a valued leader amongst your peers and one hell of a smart cookie. You are always forgiving with us when we mess up and always are there to redirect our paths when we come calling.
I think it is easy to say that all of us kids turn to you for advice and deeply respect your opinion. You are an incredible Papa to Kinsley, Braelyn, and Greyson. I love your silly and playful nature. You Sir, are a tough act to follow.
I often think about how fortunate I have been to grow up with a man like you for my Dad. No matter where I am going or what I am wearing, you remind me of how beautiful I am. You have taught me how a man should treat the woman he loves. You always let me know how proud you are of me, no matter the magnitude of the accomplishment. You have instilled in me the belief that I deserve the best, that I will get the best from life, and that doing my best is all I can do. I can account so much of my success to your ability to give me a pep talk and then allow me to play the game as my own person. You have never tried to mould me into someone that I am not and you applaud me for being my true self. I am ever grateful for that.
To my partner in crime, you are my #1 man and I love you death. I hope to be as good of a parent one day as you have been. I hope that I can be the friend my children want and the confidant they can’t live without, just like you are. I hope I can instil the strength in them that you have instilled in us. I hope I pass on our love of racing down mountains, speeding across the water, and discovering all that the world has to offer. But most of all, I hope I can love and inspire those around me as magnetically as you do every day. Daddyo/Popsicle/Papa Bear/Optimus Brian/Da, where would I be without you!
Happy Fathers day, Daddy!
And thanks for letting me borrow all those sweaters…they’re just extra comfy when they’re over sized!