Today we take time to appreciate fathers around the world.
It is safe to say you and I have known each other for some time now. You have been in my life for 21 years. That is my entire life time. With all the memories I have, I do not remember ever saying thank you in all those years. This father’s day I make a public ode to you. So that the world gets to know you are the ace up my sleeves. Plus, hands down I have the best dad in the world.
I want to thank you for walking me to school and brushing my shoes before I enter school. I want to thank you for all the closing day lunches we had ever since primary. I want to thank you for carrying my doll in public when I got tired of doing it. Thank you for letting me “plait” your bald spot and brushing the little hair you had left. Thank you for letting me stand on your feet so that we could dance. Thank you for eating microwave cake and pretending it was good. Thank you for never letting me win in any game we played. Thank you for painting my room yellow (and I am sorry I did not like it).
Today the world celebrates heroes like you. Although I think you deserve more than one day of the year to be truly recognized. I remember you telling me that if a car hit you it would bounce of your body and I believing it because you were my hero. My daddy was like superman, indestructible.
I still look up to you but not because of our height difference anymore. I look up to you because you are an example of who I strive to be. If I was asked to explain in one word what you have taught me? My answer would be ambition. Then determination. Then discipline. Then hard work. There is simply no one word to explain the life lessons you have taught me. I am able to say I own a business because you believed in my dreams. I have come up with many schemes and ideas in the past and you have not put one idea down. I say thank you. You gave me the chance to dream and it is the greatest gift you ever gave me.
Now that I am older I see the drive you have. You do more than me yet you are more than half my age. It gives me strength because if daddy can do it what is my excuse? Why should I limit myself?
I do not think you are deserving of just words. Although, it is all that I can give you for now. All the lives you have touched and changed you have been a remarkable force in mine. You are the foundation in which I stand and the pillar in which I support myself as I grow. I am who I am because you have been the biggest influence in my life.
When I grow up I want to be you because you are the best human being I know.
I love you old man.