It’s Father’s Day and like the good daughter I am, I neglected to send a card to my Dad because I thought Father’s Day was next week proving his point that no one remembers Father’s Day.
I thought about sending a card last minute, scrambling to find a mailbox in time, but I decided to do something different and write my dad his very own blog post explaining why he is awesome.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Your dad is more awesome. And well…the competition is fierce. There are a lot of awesome dads out there. Heck, Errol created an entire song about being a Super Dad.
My dad hasn’t flown to the moon. He hasn’t invented the cure for cancer. As far as I know he isn’t a top secret spy.
But he worked hard to be our dad and he’s been a huge influence on me. And there are many other reasons he is awesome.
For instance, he likes bacon.
And many other types of meat. And he can cook them awesomely. Although the kitchen suffers for his epic efforts.
He is an engineer. He worked for years to get there. Now he has an iron ring to prove it.
He gave me an appreciation of 80’s music videos, which he taped off the tv. And which we danced to.
He wouldn’t let me watch the Simpsons until I was ten. At the time, I did not think it was awesome, but on reflection I think it was wise.
He plays golf. I don’t think golf is awesome, but I think it’s awesome that he plays.
He is a most excellent story teller, and I took many lessons from him.
He can still rock a mustache. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen him without one…
He also rocked a NATURAL fro in the seventies.
He showed me how to drink through a straw, because I was that kind of special child.
He knows all about computers and math and science-y stuff.
He likes Star Trek AND Star Wars. He doesn’t feel the need to choose sides!
He brought me to my first movie: The Land Before Time. At least that’s the first one I remember.
He is a good hugger.
He has my sense of humour…or…I have his…I forget that’s how it works.
He also likes video games. And he introduced me to adventure games. Like Space Quest.
When we were kids, he would bring home a lap top that he borrowed from his friends. We always monopolized it. I imagine he felt much the same way about that lap top that Errol feels about his Ipad when his daughters go running off with it.
When my parents offered to buy me a tv and I told them to go modest and small, my dad looked at me aghast and said “But…you’re a gamer…you’ll need a big screen.”
Unfortunately, I also inherited his shooting reflexes in those same video games. See this video for reference.
He taught me to ride a bike, and refused to listen to me when I said “Don’t let go”.
He drove me to university and refused to listen to me when I said “Let’s turn back”.
Most importantly when I asked him what he wanted for Father’s Day he replied “Get yourself a bottle of wine”.
Happy Father’s Day Dad. Thanks for continuing to be awesome :D.