Today is Father’s day and to celebrate all the great dads out there, we decided to write a tribute to our fathers.
My dad has always been someone I could look up to. He is a role model. Someone I aspire to be like. And in a lot of ways, I have. I may not have realized it until recently, but I am a lot like him. We are both entrepreneurs, running our own businesses. We are both determined and willing to fight for the people – and things – that matter most. We have some of the same quirks and sense of humor. We like the same kind of shows and listen to the same types of music. But there is one thing about my dad that I will always aspire to be like.
My dad is so forgiving, loving and strong. He never gives up. On days that everything goes wrong, he simply fights harder, determined to get ahead of it. He cares about his family and is willing to put them first in the times that really matter. I’ve heard people describe others saying “they would drop everything to help someone in need” and I think that describes my dad perfectly. We are approaching two years of a pivotal moment in my life and the one thing I remember most about it all, is that my dad (and mom) got in a car after a long day of working and drove eight hours on the 401 to come be with me when I ended up in a hospital. He wasn’t mad or impatient. He was loving and considerate.
My dad is so many things – farmer, firefighter, mechanic, etc… But the most important thing that he is, is a dad. And his kids couldn’t love him more than they already do. I love you Daddy. Thanks for loving me.
Nichole is a Social Media Marketing Manager, daughter and friend. She’s a Marketing Graduate and has a Certificate of Christian Theology. She is an avid coffee lover who enjoys a good movie or book. She takes great joy in organizing, scheduling, and volunteering. Her passion for volunteerism extends specifically to those who are hurting, whether it is emotionally, physically, or mentally.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.” Now, my Dad is a jokester and is always making me laugh – even through the toughest of times. So I couldn’t imagine myself being with someone who couldn’t laugh at themselves and had a good sense of humor. I’d say I’m laughing the majority of the time anyways – laughing and smiling always puts me in a better mood. Fun fact: there are some people who actually know when I’m around based on my laugh (it’s that distinct ….. and loud).
My Dad also taught me to do whatever makes me happy, regardless of what others say or think. This was one of biggest fears growing up – as I’m sure it was for many others. The pressures to fit in with what everyone else is doing isn’t as important doing what makes you happy. I truly believe that being yourself is unique and beautiful all in its own. Besides, why let these people who don’t even know you have control over what you do. Ultimately, you’re the one that has to do it, and if you have to, you might as well enjoy what you’re doing.
This last one is something that I wasn’t necessarily taught, but rather my parents did for me. I read this article and the actress (Lea Michele) talked about how her parents are her ‘safety net.’ She then goes on to talk about how it allows her to reach higher and higher, and if she were to fall, her parents are there to catch her. And I thought that was the most beautiful way to describe my relationship with my parents. They allow me to take risks, chances, and push myself further and further, and that is one of the best things they have ever done for me – aside from loving me.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.
I won’t be with my dad for his special day but I will call him. He’s going on vacation with my step-mom and they both deserve it. See, he’s not always been in my life due to stuff I don’t get into here. We got in contact about 6 ½ years or so go. We’re still learning how to father and daughter, although, it has gotten better over time.
He’s someone I know I can go to if I need prayers or advice. He’ll be there for me and sister and brother. He’s always got our back no matter what it is. He might not agree but he’ll be there. God is important to him and is active in church. He was in the Army. His grandkids are important to him.
I get my sarcasm and mouth from him. Oh, yeah and my temper. Filter for our mouths, we don’t have and neither do my siblings. All of us look alike. There’s no mistaking who his kids are. He’s not perfect but he’s my dad.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog you can find her writing about being an author, her faith and family. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.