thirty-one years ago, the stars somehow aligned and i managed to get one of the most amazing people on earth as my dad. i feel so grateful to be able to say that. he has been the rock in my life since the first time he held me in his arms.
i remember fighting with my brother when we were little. my mom never really scared us into behaving ... but we always knew dad meant business. just the tone of his voice was usually enough to set us straight. i never really broke the rules (and i only speak for myself and not for my brother here - haha). i knew what he expected of me. sure, there were times i knew i probably disappointed him in my choices, but he let me make those mistakes. he knew i probably needed to make mistakes in order to become a better person. that's just how he is. he has this amazing ability to look back and see the big picture.
he is laid back. he has more common sense in just one of his sixty kagillion brain cells than some people have in all of their sixty kagillion brain cells. he is caring. he is a problem solver. he is intelligent. he is funny. he always has a story. his memory is like a steel trap. he is professional. he is the best grandpa. he loves his family. my dad is simply the best of the best. and if you don't agree with me, then it is completely your loss.
there have been so many times in my life that it seems my dad has came to my rescue. i have always been able to share anything with him. the good, the bad, the ugly. he's been through it all. he is the kind of guy that drops everything to help out his family. there is nothing too big or too small you can't ask for his help with. he has molded me in to the person i am today. i am so grateful for the influence he has had on my life.
one of his favorite phrases is 'carpe diem'. that is exactly how he lives his life. even in the bad times, you have to shake it off and enjoy the moment. live for right now with the ones that mean the most to you.
one time, there was a man that had called me a 'daddy's girl' and he meant it in a derogatory way. the funniest thing ever though, was that i took it as the best compliment i could have ever received.
i am his daughter. always and forever.
dad, i love you.