I have the coolest dad ever. I remember being really young, maybe 2nd grade, and my school had a Father’s day dance. I was so proud to bring my dad! Not everyone’s dad was handsome, tall, smart and funny like my dad. I felt so lucky. Still the best dance experience I’ve ever had to date, and probably ever will.
My dad is my hero because he has taught me to be brave. I think that he really 100% believes I can do anything I want. Over time, I’ve learned to believe it a little more too. And when I don’t believe it, I know he still does.
He taught me to enjoy trying new food and to never be afraid to try something new. He was the one who encouraged me and got oysters with me when I wanted to try them. He told me if I could taste a raw oyster, and like it, then I could try any food and never be afraid. Because let’s be real, oysters look gross. So if you can put that in your mouth without gagging, you are basically ready for anything.
He is my travel buddy. Have I mentioned one or a billion times that WE ARE GOING TO PERU!!? We are going to have so much fun! I can’t think of anyone more fun to go to Peru with. We are going to try all the foods, do all the exploring, and have all the fun together.
He loves to laugh. We have the same sense of humor, and it is one of my favorite things I got from my dad. Dry sarcasm, all the way. Seinfeld is our jam. He always appreciates a good joke. Beach Blanket Babylon is one of our family’s favorite things to do.
I’m pretty sure if I told him that I had decided to compete in an underwater basket weaving competition, he (and my mom) would be the first ones to book a flight, hotel room and be at the finish line, cheering me on. When I showed horses, he was very supportive, and when I decided to try out running, he was so excited and proud.
I know I’ve said this before – but when I crossed the finish line at my first marathon, he asked if we were going to Boston. The look on his face when I said “YES!!” was a million times better than the finishing time itself.
He is an amazing role model. He works so hard, and him and my mom both work extremely hard to run their business together. They started over 30 years ago, and although I know they may not feel this way every day, they have been so successful in achieving many dreams and goals – and in giving me a childhood and life that I am so lucky to have.
My dad is someone I look up to so much. He is my father, my confidant, my friend and my support.
Dad, I can’t believe I used to complain about unloading the dishwasher so much. I unload it a billion times a week now. I am confident this is the universe paying me back for you. Thank you for being my hero! Here is to celebrating with pisco sours in Peru in less than a month!