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Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Letter to My Dad


 Dear Dad,

It wasn’t until recently that I realized just how rare you are and how lucky I am to have had you all my life.   Many kids don’t have a Dad who would go as far or do as much for them as you did for us.  I also realized, that even though I think these things about you all the time, I don’t ever really say them out loud.  With all that has been happening in our family this past year, I am reminded how important it is to make sure that those you love know exactly how you feel about them. 
There is so much I want to say, but I just can’t seem to find the words…so I will start with just a little bit of what is in my heart.

There is no person in my life that has had more impact on me than you and mom have.  As I grow older I catch myself saying things you said, standing like you, enjoying certain foods (cheezies)  like you, enjoying the same hobbies as you, and it makes me laugh and feel proud all at the same time.
I remember when I was a little girl, my you were my favorite person in the whole wide world. You would come home for lunch and sit on my swing set with me.  I remember waiting around all day long and being SO happy to see you when you came home from work.

I remember how excited I would be to go junkin with you…I bet I am the only kid around who was so little…and would do just about anything to go along…it was always the most fun.   I still love to do that…for some reason, it gives me a sense of comfort.

Dad you have always been my hero.   As a kid I used to think that there was nothing you couldn’t do.   You could fix anything!   I used to wish I could grow up and be just like you.  You taught me that no matter how small the job was, to do it right and to never cut corners.  You taught me to set my standards high and to always try to do my best no matter how difficult the task.   Pride in myself and the things I have achieved comes from watching you meticulously do all that you do.  
Dad, you've always been there for me.   Always.

No matter where I was or what you were doing, if I needed you, you dropped everything and rescued me.  As a kid, I thought your sacrifices were annoying and confusing, but now being a Parent myself, I can honestly say I get it.  It's how you are wired and it's how I am wired too.  There is nothing you wouldn't do for your kids... nothing.

One of the best things in my world,  is knowing that my own kids now get to play and learn from you, their amazing Grampie!  You must know how they adore you…look up to you and respect you.   When I look at my son, I see you, your voice, your posture…your sometimes annoying habits…and I am proud (and sometimes a little afraid)  lol.   I know my kids are so very proud when someone asks after you, and they just grin and say ‘That’s my Grampie’…’ya…he’s WAY cool’.

Thank you dad...for pushing me, for loving me, for helping me become the person I am today. For teaching me that doing things right the first time is the best way...for the OCD, the Green thumb, the love of building things, your name, junkin and jokin, and for being the best Dad I could ever ask for, and the greatest Grampie ever.  I can’t imagine a world without you in it and I hope you realize how much I love you.



Love
Forever your Little girl (who really should have been a boy)   Boogie /Leenie /Glenda


Until Next Time...Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there, and to the mom's who do both jobs!!!



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