Here's to the best dad I know

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

I am my father's daughter.

At least that is what my family and friends always tell me.

And honestly, I am quite content with that.

My father is one of the most supportive, humble, hard-working guys that I know.

To hear that I am like him means the world to me.

My siblings and I depend on him for our spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well-being.

For me, my father is the ideal man in the world and also the first man I adored.

Throughout my life, my father has taught me all of those necessary, quintessential daughter skills:

He taught me how to catch a baseball, which led me to play T-ball like my brothers, and later become part of a softball team.

He taught me how to putt on the green, which is the reason why I always win a game of putt-putt golf today.

He taught me how to ride a bicycle, which helped me keep up with my brothers and the boys at the park.

He taught me how to drive a car, which helped me pass my driving test with flying colors — even the parallel parking portion — and become the responsible motorist that I am now.

He taught me how to pick the best pumpkin in the patch, which made my jack-o-lanterns the envy of all kids in the neighborhood.

He taught me how to grill the perfect steak, which continues to impress guests at every backyard barbecue, garden party or indoor celebration.

Perhaps the most valuable lessons that he has taught me, as well as my siblings, is how to have faith, treat others with respect, be proud yet humble and always follow every dream.

My father has always been a big part of my life.

These days he continues to teach me new life lessons and assist me in times of trouble.

These days he is my personal mechanic and very own accountant.

These days — and every day — he is one of my biggest supporters.

For me, Father's Day is just a reminder to let my father know how much I appreciate and love him every day of the year.

And how glad and honored I am to be his daughter.

Any man can be a father, but it takes a truly special and loving man to be a dad.