My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano
Since June is dedicated to dads everywhere, the theme for this month might have been a bit of a given. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to gush about my dad though! This was my first father’s day back in Oklahoma in the last few years, and let me just say how perfect it felt sitting at dinner with my father, oldest brother and his little family. I have always been a daddy’s girl and the older I get the more I cherish the bond I have with my father. I have always been able to be honest and open with my father, from laughing at him for crying at sad movies to calling him to help bail me out of sticky situations, well more like my car out of impound but maybe that story is for another day. Sure I always wished he use to greet my high school boyfriends with a gun in hand, but I now love that he greeted them all with a welcoming smile. He possesses so many qualities I wish I had, his huge loving nonjudgmental heart, patience, putting us kids before himself always, his generosity, honestly I can go on but he’s probably reading this asking me to shut up already. The worst part about having him as a father is that he gave just about every single one of those traits to my older brother. Don’t you love how genetics work like that? I am totally kidding, a little. The last 6 years I have loved nothing more than watching my oldest brother become more and more like our father. Every time I am around my brother’s children I know just how blessed they are by their parents. Also I know day by day their love for my brother will grow and match my love for my own father, since they are so similar. It really is a beautiful thing. I hope each and everyone of you had a beautiful Father’s Day!