Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Bill Cosby said "If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right."

My dear ol' dad turns 55 today! I am sure there are times when he felt defeated as a dad (with my brothers of course, not me!) but he was always there for us and still is! I am blessed to have great parents who stuck it out through the rough times.. married 31 years! how awesome is that!? Anyway.. her has been a great influence on me and has always been one of my best friends! He taught me to stay positive and to believe in myself no matter what He taught me to NOT be defeated, to not be the constant victim.. and for this, I am forever in his debt.. through all of these trials with Ella, I am not defeated, wounded certainly, but never defeated.. When we had to tell our parents Ella's diagnosis, I dreaded telling everyone, but I did not know how I was going to break it to HIM..I knew he would be okay, but I know how empathetic he is for us, so I had to put on my brave face, because if I was broken, there was no chance it would go well.. It went fine and now, he too, just looks forward to the day when he can hold her again.. she loved him so much, it was very sweet to see them together...

One funny dad story and I will end.. When I was in 1st grade, my mom was working nights some and my dad would keep me and Tom during the night and cook dinner.. One night he was cooking, or shall I say burning dinner and I was trying to tell him how mom does it and he said "I don't know what I am suppose to do, what am I? Freaking Mr Mom?" and I just looked and him and said "well yeah, for now.. I guess" and he just started laughing..and I can guess we probably ordered in pizza or something.. now anytime he does anything around the house, I ask him what he is Mr Mom? haha.. he has a loud bark sometimes, all I can do is laugh when he gripes though..Cayden does too.. one day we were riding with my dad and he started griping at the people in front of him to learn to drive and Cayden looked at me and said "they can't hear him mom" I nodded and laughed... nope.they sure cant...but it wouldn't be him if he didn't do it :) that was two stories I guess.. anyway..happy birthday dad! we love you!


Anonymous said...

It was wonderful to read the funny little stories about your dad! I think I could even hear a little smile as you were writing about your daddy!!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to your dad!

Love the Mr. mom story!!!!