We give a lot of props to moms on this site. We are, after all, inspired and dedicated to women. But, it's important to acknowledge and embrace the wonderful men who are a part of our lives. Last weekend, we were all given the opportunity to celebrate dads.
I for one, had a lot to celebrate on Sunday. My dad is a constant source of support and inspiration in my life. He is a champion of my art, an advisor for all those 'adult decisions' I've come across since graduating, and a counselor when times are tough. But he is more than all that. As I've gotten older, I've had the opportunity to get to know my dad as a person. It's a pretty cool (and sometimes bewildering) experience when we do this with our parents. I've found my dad to be full of surprises. He's led so many lives and learned so many lessons that it's sort of incredible that he's also managed to be my dad in between it all. He is wonderful and complex and flawed and inspiring. He has loved and lost and looked life squarely in the eye and chosen to keep on keepin' on. I am so grateful for the profound relationship the two of us have built together. I am so thankful to have had him guide me and care for me. I am so glad I've got him in my corner.
He's my dad and I love him.