Yesterday was Father’s Day. It got me thinking about all the things I got from my dad… like baldness. I have the exact same bald patches on my head as my father. I’m pretty sure it’s in the genes.
Another thing I got from m dad: my striking good looks – I’m just a younger version of him.
I also got his skinny tie from the 1960’s. I wore it on Sunday. It’s pretty fly.
My dad provided for me – I never had to worry about the basic needs in life. Because of him, I’m confident and secure.
My dad has always loved my mom – and I never had to worry about our family breaking up. His example taught me how to love one woman faithfully.
For my entire life, I’ve watched my dad worship God, serve the church faithfully, give generously and encourage his pastors. He modeled loving God, loving people and loving life… and I totally get it.
My dad doesn’t yell, stomp, get violent or lose control. He has shown me how to be calm, live peacefully and not let my emotions get out of control.
My dad taught me to work hard, give 10% to God and save money from every paycheck. He paid cash for every car. He paid off his home mortgages early. I’ve never seen him use a credit card. He saved for family vacations. He never spent more than he made. He helped me buy my first car. He paid for half of my college education. He gave me the down payment for my first house. He retired at age 50 because he could.
Because of my dad, I’m not in debt, I know how to handle money, I know how to invest and I’m taking care of my daughter like he took care of me.
We went on family vacations every year. Because of my dad, I love to travel (and I like road trips).
My dad loves dessert – I got that from him too.
The worst words I’ve ever heard my dad say: crud, crap and knucklehead. I’d be doing pretty good if that was the worst stuff coming out of my mouth.
I love my dad. Because of him, I know how to hire plumbers, mechanics and other handy-man types… and I know that everything I got from my dad (including my bald head) is a blessing.
Thank you daddy.