My dad and I alike in a lot of ways, very different in others. He loves me unconditionally despite my flaws and I feel the same about him.
If it weren't for my dad, I wouldn't have my witty sense of humor or my inability to comment without sarcasm. My dad LOVES to tell a story, leaving...out...no...details...ever and despite the hundreds of times I've heard the same story, he can't start without finishing, adding more embellishing details each time. His stories have become quite 'unbelievable' over the years!
My dad comes from a family of nine children, so family is very important to him. I've always felt that extra protection from my dad to always make sure that I'm okay since I'm 'the baby' of our family and he loves to be a grandpa to 'my baby' and his other ten grandchildren.
I love my dad so much, because he has always been a great dad. When I think back to all the memories I have with him, it's all the sacrifices that he made for me that paint the portrait of who this man really is.
My dad worked hard for 35 years for the US Postal Service. It was a job he took a lot of pride in doing. He provided everything we needed, we took family vacations, we had a nice house and went to private school.
My brother and I rough housing around with my dad.
Here he is some 30 years later still enjoying that favorite pastime with my brother.
He rarely missed any games that any of my sisters or my brother were playing, he always attended our concerts, our parent-teacher conferences and was so proud of us for everything we did.
When I was fresh out of college, very young and single, I decided to move to Texas by myself. I know my dad hated the idea of it. Yet, he set his feelings aside and he helped me pack up my car and together with my mom, we drove 1100 miles to my 'new home', because that is what I wanted. He helped me get an apartment, a car, even a washer and dryer (so I wouldn't have to be out by myself at a laundromat). Then he let me go. He doesn't know this but that was one of the hardest days for me.
This past summer, we had a long talk and it made me realize how I will never let any petty disagreements get in the way of my love for him. He's done way too much good for me to not appreciate how good of man he really is. I love him so much.