It's that time again, to celebrate the dude who brought you up to be a man. Father's Day. A true legend in their own right, fathers can be the angel without wings or the stern foot of reason depending on the situation. There's no doubt about it though, Dads are cool.
Being a father has made me appreciate that fact all the more. There is no time to be tired and lounge when there are kids around. Adventure is to be had, everywhere, everyday!
My Father, Lynn, spent a great deal of time making sure we were adventure filled. From skiing, to hiking, to fishing, to riding in the back of the truck high-fiving tree branches we never got bored.
He deemed himself an ambassador of knowledge as well- encouraging me and insisting I learn techniques and tricks about life (flat tire, oil changes, how to fix our sprinkler pump, the finer art or unclogging a toilet, how to tie a fishing hook on... you get the point) so that if, "Ever died, I would know how to do this stuff." This was way before YouTube where knowledge acquisition actually took time and effort. Gruesome but realistic I suppose. For me, and the rest of my life benefit he never did die and is still well and good riding his bike.
Now, as a dad, I strive to be a lot like my Dad in the energy and effort put in. I want my kids to know how to do things, understand how life works, and get out on adventures! In a lot of ways I am like my Dad. A concept that initially I wasn't so keen on (I am my own person after all!!) but have settled in on and appreciate now more than ever. I'm totally cool, even lucky, if I'm like my dad. He raised some pretty awesome kids if I do say so myself (Yes, I did just call myself awesome. My brother too, but let's keep the focus on moi for now). And let's not forget the Mom who helped too! Dad wasn't solo in this operation, but since it is Father's Day, he does get a bit more Focus.
Here's a list of top 5 things my Dad Does That Will Define Him and He doesn't know it (and we love him for it!)
So what do you remember about growing up with your Dad?
Happy Father's Day to all the awesome Dad's out there. Thanks for doing what you do, thanks for being there, and thank you for shining the light for the next great generation of Dads. You're doing great!