Ever since I can remember, my Dad has been my hero. I can still remember being a little girl and waiting impatiently for him to return from one of his military trips…. walking through the door in his uniform and running up as fast as I could hoping to be the first one to get a hug.
When you are little, your Daddy is larger than life to you. Every day we’d watch him walk out the door in the morning to provide for his family. More nights than not, in the evening, we’d sit down as a family, hold hands, say a blessing and eat dinner together. And more Sundays than not, he and my mom would get all three kids dressed in their Sunday best and head off to church.
His presence was always there, even when he was not, the patriarch of our family… devoted, always, to provide for and protect my mom, my brother, my sister and me.
He was always the smartest man I ever knew and even as an adult, I would call him for advice, to answer a question, or even to solve the silliest of dilemmas like ‘Dad….what the heck is a meerkat? Are they real?’ (they are…and not long after that call, he bought this for me which has sat on my dresser for probably 25 years now).
Fast forward to the days of watching him develop a relationship with each one of his grandchildren … spending time with them fishing, going to baseball games and amusement parks, family dinners and the way they would look forward with excitement every time Grandma and Grandpa ‘up high’ would fly into the airport for a visit.
And to today, watching him delight in the antics of his great granddaughter and all of the accomplishments of his grandchildren.
My role model of what true devotion to your family, your country and your God looks like…. supportive and always loving and brave and strong. My Daddy….my hero…and the first love of my life.
Happy 75th birthday Dad!!! I am so grateful and proud to be your daughter. I love you. ❤️❤️❤️
Love, Your Favorite Youngest Daughter, Mudgeon
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