Monday, June 09, 2008

happy birthday, dad!

yesterday was my dad's 60th birthday. and while we like to salute each other with birthday tributes, i thought i'd make a little tribute to dear ol' dad, and beat everyone else to the punch who will be doing similar things next week when we celebrate father's day.

i owe so much to my dad. my sense of humor, my ability to judge people, my hard-working nature and not to mention my fantastic fishing ability (he started me at such a young age).

my dad taught me so many lessons in life. mainly, how to do everything myself. like. everything. i can make my own clothes (which is really courtesy of my mom), or put up drywall. and use a plumb bob to make sure i have a straight line down to the floor.

it's true, i haven't always gotten along perfectly with my dad. i think partly because i may have inherited a stubborn streak. and it may have felt like some times, my dad may have been pulling me in one direction...

really i know he's always let me lead my own path.

everything i am today, i owe to my parents. i may not always show it, and he may not always know it, but i love my dad for all that he's done for us, and for teaching me even when i didn't want to learn.

to quote a favorite song (by Holly Dunn) that's always reminded me of my dad...

"Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´.
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I´d done wrong.
Daddy´s hands, weren´t always gentle
But I´ve come to understand.
There was always love in Daddy´s hands."


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your Pa! Dad's are the best, I miss mine so much. I hope he had a great day.

Srg said...

Awww!! I hope your dad reads your blog cause that was really sweet and made me all teary eyed since I feel the exact same way about my dad. And that pic of you with the fish is priceless! I remember those long bangs you had!

FunnyGal KAT said...

Happy B-day, SJ's Dad! And I'd like to point out that in the photo of SJ and her dad at her wedding, Mr. SJ took her arm rather than the other way around. Could it have something to do with the shots he was doing during photos?

Some of my favorite stories are Mr. SJ ones (especially the ones that put J's life in peril-- which is a common theme, I'm not realizing!). Here's to many more!

Anonymous said...

Nice Tribute to dad SJ!!


Muffy Willowbrook said...

Very Sweet.