Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

I have a really good relationship with both of my parents. When Ashley got married, I kind of resented Zach, because Ashley had been my confidant in a lot of things, and I felt like he was taking her away from me (don't worry, I've moved past that, and now am VERY grateful Zach is part of the family. It gives Justin someone to talk sports with! [Plus you know, he's just an all-around good guy] ).
Once Ashley moved out though, I had the opportunity I wish everyone got at some point in their lives. I was essentially an only child. I would go grocery shopping with my mom, eat dinner on my parent's bed and watch tv with them, take silly online quizzes on Sunday evenings with them, and just enjoy being friends with them. When I think back to that time, I am so glad I had it. I have always loved my parents, but as a teenager, like most teens, I didn't always LIKE my parents. Sometimes I thought they were lame, sometimes I was mad at them for grounding me, basically I was a normal teenager.
But those three years I got to spend with them did more to develop my character and make me who I am today than probably any other time period in my life. I became best friends with my mom and dad, and was perfectly content to spend Friday nights watching NCIS with them, and Saturday mornings watching B Science fictions movies.
I really do love my father, so much. His crazy personality, his many bizarre quirks, are what make him the best dad I could ever have hoped for. His meatfests, his love of all things poop, and most importantly his love of me and my family are what make him my dad. Thank you dad, for everything you have done for me. Thanks for setting an example, for loving Mom, and for teaching me what to look for in a spouse. Because of your example, I think I've chosen a great dad for my own future children. Plus they'll have a freaking awesome grandpa. :)

I also want to give a shout-out to Justin. You may not be a dad yet, but any time I see you interacting with young children, especially our nieces and nephews, I know you'll be a truly incredible father. You are compassionate and gentle, and a great target for tackling (or so Jenny, Benjamin and Curtis would say, I'm sure!). You are my best friend, and I can't wait to see you become a dad.

I love you Daddy! I love you Justin!

P.S. I couldn't find a race car background, but I think trains are more fitting for our relationship anyway. Freight is great!


otm7171 said...

Ok, so I'm reading this and madie asks if she can us emy computer. nI tell her no, that I am reading something that is making me cry, and she says "cry like a baby?" and I tell hert yes. :)

Bethany said...

I love this! I remember when we were young and would get in debates about who's dad was weirder.