Before you came along, your dad was sort of a regular guy. He may have had long hair and been a regular at the local dive where he spent every night living his dream of becoming a pool shark. Before you, your dad may have listened to his music too loudly, spent his days off at the beach with mom, and gone out every Friday night. Before you, his ambitions may have been outlandish reaching into space with astronauts or plunging deep into the ocean with scuba divers. But things changed. Life was no longer about staying up late and getting out of work early. It became all about you.
Your father has dedicated all of these years to you, making sure youre provided for, safe, and happy. This amazing love deserves some recognition, which is why we have Fathers Day, but this year, take the time to recognize exactly why your dad is amazing because he is. Our fathers have done things for us over the years that when were younger, we dont understand, but in retrospect, we comprehend the immeasurable love they have for us and what an amazing gift that is.
Hes Your Biggest Fan
Remember when you went through that phase? Well, your dad still loved you and thought you were adorable, didnt he? Yeah, thats because our dads will always think were great (its sort of an unwritten law). Our dads brag about us, congratulate us on our achievements, and are proud of our accomplishments. If it was a fad to wear buttons expressing sentiments towards their children, youd probably think that ? the worlds youths were running for president.
He Always Protects You
We usually project a heroic image onto our fathers at a young age, and so its no wonder that they actually protect us and save us from harm and not just physically. Theres a reason your dad wouldnt let you to that party or why the concert was slightly too mature for you. The phrase when youre older really translates to Im protecting you from knowing or experiencing something you shouldnt until youve grown up a bit more. And were all lucky for that. Our fathers protect us from these things not only because theyre trying to retain our youthful innocence that we were fighting to escape, but because they dont want to see us hurt.
He Was There for You
Always. Through broken fingers, scraped knees, awful teachers, and first heartaches, your dad has been there to comfort you. When you were little and wanted him to read a story he did and went above and beyond with voices. Your dads priority was your happiness and trying to maintain it by any means possible.
Hes a Good Role Model
People always say its the small things that count and its not different with your dad. He didnt have to be a little league coach in order for you to understand that hes someone to admire. After a long exhausting day at work, your dad didnt throw in the towel and go to sleep. Instead, he made you dinner, helped you with your homework, and watched your favorite TV show with you before tucking you in. He exerted the greatest form of love by always putting you before himself. And thats pretty wonderful.
He Taught You Life Lessons
From the perfect egg frying technique to riding a bike, your dads taught you how to do a lot of things. Though egg frying and bike riding sound like simple tasks, they translate into bigger life lessons, like getting up when youve fallen and trying again. He may not have given you his guidebook to life a la dad, but he did translate the important lessons into kid speak for you and believe it or not you understood them. You have inherited a lot of things from your father: bad habits, annoying phrases, and goofy mannerisms, but he also gave you good things that have shaped who youve become.
About the Author:
“Katie Straw” is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.