Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Sprinkles- Where would I be without Dad?

My dad

Today is the day that we take time out to honor all the dads past, present, and future. Now I know there are some who haven't had the experience of having a father in your life. For those people there might have been a father figure, someone who stepped up to the plate and helped you grow into who you are today. I celebrate all of you fathers and father figures today. I have been fortunate to always have my dad around, I realize how lucky I am that he was. I'm going to just tell you some things about my dad, I think it is the best way to explain just how important he is to me.

Me, dad and my girls

My dad is a Vietnam vet. I don't know much about his tour because he would never really talk about it. He has said that he saw things there that he would never wish on anyone. The look on his face when it was brought up was a look of sadness and pain so I never pushed the issue with him. As long as my dad was able to work he did, and not easy jobs either. He has been a soldier, worked at full service gas stations (do those even exist anymore?), co-owned a salvage yard, and driven dump trucks. I'm sure there are other jobs he has done that I can't think of right now.

 Dad and Lenny one of his best friends who he co-owned the salvage yard with

Growing up I wanted to be where dad was, under the hood of a car covered in grease. Now that I am grown up I miss that smell on my dad, grease and car fluids what a scent. I remember mom making his lunch every day. The 2 things that I remember being in it were chocodiles and salami sandwiches with mustard. I'm sure there was more but those are what stick out in my mind.

my dad

Growing up we would load up in dads pick up or in moms station wagon and go to the river swimming a lot. We would have so much fun swimming, playing and just spending time together. I miss those times where things were so much slower and simple.

Dad, Becky, Ronda, Mom and me

My dad has always done anything he could to help me. Anything from lending me money to taking me to most of my OB appointments when I was pregnant with Hannah. He taught me some of my most prized BBQ tricks, how to change a tire, and what a little hard work can do. My dad supported my choices in life even when he didn't agree and was there to catch me the times I fell.

My dad and my girls

Not only has my dad always been there for me but also for my kids. He has done everything with them from preschool breakfasts to father daughter dances. He let them throw nuts out his bedroom window to the squirrels, shows them how to use tools, and tells them they can't have boyfriends until they are at least 30. I could never thank him enough for stepping up to the plate for me and my girls.

Thank you Dad I love you!!!!

Thank you to all the fathers, grandfathers, step dads, uncles, and any other father figures out there that has sacrificed for the ones you love. Thank you for working so hard for your families. Thank you to those who have stepped up in the lives of those who didn't have a father. A huge thank you to those who have been a positive male figure in my girls lives. Jeff, Jack, Kenny, Zach, Mr, Joggerst I owe each of you so much for trying to fill that void for my girls and I love each of you beyond words.

Happy Fathers Day

Peace, Love and Cupcakes

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