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I am sure you are wondering why I am writing you a letter that I am posting on my blog. The reason is simple, I wanted to shout from the mountain tops what an awesome Dad I have. But, unfortunately, I don’t live near any mountains so I decided to shout it from my blog. I hope you will understand.
To be honest, holidays like this make me wish that we lived closer to each other so that I could show you in person how much you mean to me. I have a hard time remembering the different ways that we celebrated Father’s Day growing up (I am sure it is my old age) but I have tons of other memories that I can share.
Spending time with you in the basement while you were working on your latest woodworking project. Even though you were busy you still took the time to listen while I talked to you about my latest adventures or agreed to watch my awesome jump rope and hula hooping skills.
The two of us working on my Mustang while you told me what to do and how to take care of it. You wanted to make sure that I could take care of minor things on my own and not have to rely on others to help me.
You coached my softball team until we became teenagers and thought boys were more important. Boy were we wrong.
Hiking to Harney Peak and eating a sack lunch at the top while enjoying the amazing view.
Our many, many camping adventures all across the country. The camping memories are the ones that I treasure the most, even though I still don’t believe your bear story. I also will probably never ever be able to start a fire without a match even though I know how.
You also may or may not be the reason that I overpack for every trip, as I can still hear you say it is better to be prepared in case we are gone longer than expected and not have enough clean underwear to wear.
Other memories are the car shows, weekends full of boating, shooting off fireworks….the list just goes on and on.
With all that being said, the one thing I can count on is you are always there for me no matter what. I will never forget the time you and Mom drove 4 hours or so to help me finish moving after I called you in tears.
One final thing….
I want you to know that I have always looked up to you. Your selflessness you give to others is something I admire and I always say I hope that I can be half as selfless as you are when I “grow” up. You have opened your home to many foreign exchange students, giving each of them an opportunity of a lifetime. Now you have opened your home to my daughter (and her dog) as she looks to fulfill her dreams of going to a college near you.
The love, support, advice and so many other things you have shown me in my lifetime are priceless and I am the luckiest girl in the world to have an amazing Dad like you.
I wish I was there to give you a big hug and kiss but for now, I will pass them through my blog. XOXO Dad. I hope you have an amazing Father’s Day as you deserve it, and know that your “favorite” (and only) daughter LOVES you so VERY much.
Love you with all my heart!