Ode to Dad

Last month I wrote an ode to moms, just in time for Mother’s Day. I would be remiss if I wasn’t equally observant of Father’s Day, and all the stuff that dads do. Here is an Ode to Dad:

“Any man can be a father, it takes someone special to be a dad.” 
 – Author Unknown

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“There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.” – Author Unknown

I Heart Faces lists some inspiration for Dad & Me photo ideas. 

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“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.” – Jack Handey

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“It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home. It’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.” – Margaret Truman

A Haiku for Dad

Handyman, selfless

Protector, strong, role model

Teacher, heroic

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” – Reed Markham

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Dads epitomize love as a verb. Teaching patience and strength, they love through their actions. They show their children how to be independent, how to survive on their own and how to be self-sufficient. They help us laugh at ourselves, teach us not to take ourselves so seriously and that farting is a part of life. They let us make our own mistakes and are there to take us to the hospital or bail us out of jail. They love fiercely, hug tightly and defend against the world’s evils. They tickle and act like jungle gyms and flying machines. They’re best friends and confidants, role models and confidence boosters. They make sacrifices that their children will only understand once they’re parents themselves. Dads are real-life action heroes.

“Dad gave everything he had to everything he did. 

He expected the same from me. One day, he was pitching the baseball to me. He got frustrated because I wasn’t hitting the ball like he knew I could.

‘Swing like you mean it,’ he said.

Well, on his next pitch, I did just that. The ball rocketed right back at him, hit him on his shin, and knocked his feet right out from under him.

As he got up, he looked at me and said, ‘Now, that’s what I’m talking about.'” –  George Krueger

What special memory do you have with your dad, or the father of your kids? Share it in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Ode to Dad

  1. How shweet! We have had so much fun. I did often wonder if I taught you to take yourself seriously enough, but yeah! Dads also come up with some really bizarre nicknames for their kids too, like….never mind. Not in public. I love you and I’m proud to be your dad.

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