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Monday, June 9, 2014

Tribute to Dad

Anyone can be a father, it takes a real man to be a dad... You've heard the cliche before, but it doesn't make it any less true. My father, my dad, is a one of a kind to say the least. I have learned so much from him and yet paradoxically, seek to be different from him. We are so similar it scares me.

As a technology professional I cannot deny his technophilic love for gizmos has shaped me in a number of ways. Even changing to education in college and becoming a teacher, the opposite of the analytical chemical engineering path I started on (in many ways to be like him), I soon found my way back to my roots.

In my personal life, he taught me to be adventurous and brave. Never be afraid to ask for what you want and never wait for something to fall in your lap. I took life by the reigns and have always lived life with passion and determination. This is what I love about my father. He is a visionary. He sees order in chaos and can solve any problem, no matter how complex, like unrolling a ball of twine.

Far from boring, my dad is a motorcyclist, world traveller, SCUBA diver, and all around lover of life. His passions have in many ways rubbed off on me.

No one has loved me like this man and maybe no one ever will. He is my champion, my great encourager, my hero. He loves like no other. He honors and respects me throughout all the trouble I have dropped on his doorstep over the yeas. Always supportive and never judgmental, I am so blessed he is in my life. 

I love you Dad, Happy Father's Day. 

Here's to you: 
(I call it the 'Dad-stach')