Saturday, January 16, 2010

ode to mi padre

In honor of his birthday, here are 5 reasons I love my dad:
  1. He was the world's best stay at home dad. When I was little, my mom worked during the day and my dad worked nights so that I didn't have to go into daycare. We passed the days with fishing trips, remote control car tracks, train sets and The Price is Right. He even learned to braid my hair in pigtails. Good memories there.
  2. He's super smart and interested in a thousand things. Any conversation that's being had, he can contribute to. And he knows what he's talking about. I love having random questions that I know he can answer.
  3. He's fiercely protective of his kids. When I was a sophomore at Carolina, this man drove an SUV through the crowded center of campus to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world." I watched the whole thing happen and had to jump out of the way to keep from getting hit. When I called my dad, hysterical, because I didn't know what else to do, his immediate response was "I'm coming to get you." Nevermind the fact that he was at work and the FBI/SWAT team had Chapel Hill on lock down looking for the guy, he was still coming. Because he would move heaven and earth to get to his kids if he thought they needed something.
  4. He's gotten softer in his old age. I've seen you tear up during the National Anthem, Daddy. Don't lie.
  5. He lives for making a difference. However he can get involved in the community to make an impact, he will. He's an example I'd love to follow.
Happy Birthday, Dad. I'm glad you were born.

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