- He was your first love.
- He will always be your favorite superhero.
- He was pretty great at fighting away all of the bed-time monsters.
- Fighting away the bed-time monsters usually entailed (for me at least) him laying on the floor by your bed waiting for you to fall asleep, which I think is a pretty nice thing to do.
- He has always and will always treat you like a princess.
- He has the strength to open any bottle, pop any top and unscrew any lid you just can't get (but we all know who definitely loosened it up for him).
- He gladly lets you win most any game (except every once in a while, when he has to prove that he's still dad, and your ego has gotten too big).
- He was your first dance partner.
- He became your own personal coach for [insert any childhood sport].
- He became your number one fan at [insert child sport again] and never failed to tell you how awesome you played, even if you were like me; the girl who never attempted to swing the bat or shoot the basket (let's just say I did my best work from the bench and I was A-okay with that).
- He picked you up out of bed in the mornings and carried you downstairs to the breakfast table (honestly though, I've always wondered if this was something that only happened to me, because of my extreme laziness that set in at an early age, combined with my general inability to function in the mornings).
- He has always been able to make you laugh harder than anyone else.
- No matter how strong, he will always be a sucker for those puppy eyes (we all know where to go when mom says no!).
- He always forgives your mistakes.
- He can fix (almost) anything you manage to break. From jewelry to car bumpers, he is your go-to handy man.
- He introduced to you rock-and-roll and head-banging at a young age (usually while you were waiting for your mom to stop talking to her friends and leave church).
- Most importantly, he loves you, and you love him and he's the most important guy in your life.
So here's to you, dad. Thanks for loving me through thick and thin. Thanks for teaching me that loving God and serving others will get me further in life than any degree ever will. Thanks for always making time for me. Thanks for being weird with me and helping me realize it's okay to laugh at myself sometimes. Thanks for helping me know my self-worth and holding me accountable to that standard.
Once, when I was younger, someone asked me what I thought God looked like, and without hesitation I replied, "like my daddy!". At the time I couldn't comprehend why I thought that, but now I'm beginning to realize that it's because your actions have always pointed me to Jesus. The love you've given me resembles my heavenly Father's love for me and I couldn't ask for anything more from you, my father on earth. I love you dad and I'm thankful for you everyday.