When people describe my dad, I have heard the words intimidating, fierce, scary, funny, nice, and inspirational. While all of these are true, the one word that I think describes my dad best is "goofy". Yes, my father is a goof in one or another. While my Mom may be a superhero, my dad is superman. I have never met someone who affects the people around him positively every day. I have never met someone who can relate to anyone he talks to or makes them feel as if they are the most important person in the world. My dad is my idol and my hero. A former football coach now Athletic Director, father of five, husband, brother, son and much more. A sufficient thank you to my dad can't make up for the life lessons learned and everything my dad has done for me. Being two hours away, I miss my dad. No one quite understands jokes around here like we do. I have never had a coach who I learned more from and respected more as a leader than my dad. I miss our Sunday nights when the girls would be at softball, and we could cook dinner for the family. I miss the daily advice or constant laughter you provided. Growing older I realize that the man I hope to be one day is a replica of you. You have taught, given, and blessed me more than I could ever fathom. And I will forever love you. Here are ten reasons why Dad's are the role models in life.
Dad's are the true comedians of the world. They are the ones who make us laugh the hardest, whether it's from their quirkiness or the jokes that they tell. Being around dad, usually, means there's never a dry eye.
Usually our first and favorite coach. But no one understands our playing style and the way we are wired more than dads do. Having one teach you the skills and love of the game, allows it to be instilled forever.
3. Daughter's first love
A dad represents what every daughter wants. A man who will love them unconditionally, make them feel important, compliment them, and tell them straight up if they're doing something wrong. Most girls hope one day to find a man who is half the man their dad was.
4. Son's first role model
Every son looks to their dad for guidance and advice. Young boys want to be one of the guys, to be the head of the house and to do "manly" things. But the older we get the more we realize the actions our dads do is for the people they love and not for themselves. It's the lessons they teach us along the way which make them the most important role models in our life.
5. Biggest Fan
My dad will tell you that he tears up when he watches one of his kids compete or play in a game they love. He can't explain it, but it just happens. Every sport, every recital, every play, dads are there every step of the way cheering you on.
While moms give great advice as well, Dads are usually good at the blunt obvious talks. The "come on, really, what were you thinking" type of talks. More than likely your dad has almost all of the answers. Never be afraid to ask.
7. Deals with Mom
As much as I love my mom, there are times where she gets stressed out. It happens to the best of us. But my dad is the one person who can make my mom smile, even when she is trying her hardest to stay mad. He constantly makes her smile and laughs even when she tries not to.
8. His Cooking
Yes, my dad can cook. He is a very good cook. Except for "omelet in a bag", that was plain disgusting. My dad can cook everything and he usually does it with a smile on his face. He will get all his ingredients out, turn on his pandora and start signing while cooking. It really is a sight to see and the end results are tremendous dinners.
9. Love you Unconditionally
No matter how big your mistake or how high your achievement, the love your dad has for you will never change. He loves you unconditionally and always will.
10. The one day he is not there
Some people are not as fortunate as others, so don't take your dad for granted. Next time he calls to talk or wants to go out to eat, don't turn him down. Take the time and go out with him, listen to what he has to say, and enjoy being with him because one day you won't be able to pick up the phone and say "Dad, let's go grab something to eat". Enjoy the time you have, and next time you see your dad take a moment to give him a hug and say thank you. And when he asks "for what"? The answer... everything.
Thank you to dads everywhere.