Yup, you guessed it! That’s me up there with my Daddy. Yes I also said Daddy and furthermore I will probably say it for the rest of my life.
Today is the day that we get to celebrate all the Daddies out there. Woop Woop! Be Proud guys! You are doing a rocking job. We need to say a huge thank you to the men who have stepped up and became our rocks. Whether they were our biological fathers or not. I am referring to the men who have taken the time to be the father figure in the household. You are the one’s to which this day is all about.
Growing up, I was a Daddy’s little girl. He used to work all the time in Manhattan while our house was on Long Island. But he would always be there to tuck me in at night and tell me the stories of Odysseus. I’m Greek, remember? That and it was literally my favourite story of all time. It had everything in it. I would beg for him to tell me a piece of it every night until he finished the whole saga. And then I would ask for him to start it all over again. Saturday mornings however, were just for us two. I would go with him to the news-stand so he could buy 50 newspapers, no seriously, he reads all of them. He liked to get all the different views about what was happening in the world. While there, I would sneak some chiclets gum on top of his huge pile of papers. Then we would go to the park which had a pond. My dad would sit on a bench to read his newspapers as I threw bread grenades at the duckies nearby. There were a lot of happy times when I was a child. But this was the memory that I remember the most. And I would not have traded it for anything else.
My dad showed me the meaning of family comes first. He taught me that we must always support our family even if it’s the crappiest jobs known to man. He never let us go hungry, always had a roof over our heads, protected us, clothed us, went to my school recitals, and taught me that if you work hard then anything is possible.
All I wanted to say, was that Dad, you have showed me what it feels like to love someone unconditionally. And I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Your support, even through my not so good decisions, never faltered for one second. You showed me to always look for the bright side of a situation, no matter how much pain we were harbouring at that moment. And above every, you taught me that I was worth something. I was worth the life that I was living. That I am ok just the way I am. And that I should never accept anyone into my life that did not treat me with the respect that I deserved.
Daddy, you are one awesome parent. Here’s to many more years of celebrations.
A huge round of applause to all the other Daddies out there. You guys have been just as awesome. Now, go forth, and spend some good quality time with your loved ones.