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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It's my Dad's birthday today.
My parents are divorced, married and then divorced again. Growing up with broken marriages can make a child bitter and jaded towards the world and in some ways, maybe I am. But I also like to think that it has made me more open minded to how everyone is different. We are a blended family. All of my clients know that I am the oldest of 5 children, heck, it's something I'm proud of and have it in our welcome information about who Nick and I are individually.
While my father was around as much as possible, we were not that close as I grew up. As I got older, became an adult and parent myself, I see us getting closer and closer everyday. I have learned so much from him. Nick says that while we may not have been super close growing up that subconsciously, I must have been watching him closely because we are more a like than either of us know. We have the same mannerisms, humor and even temper...yes...I have a temper...Nick calls it a flaw, I call it a personality! ;)
*Be strong. Be strong for yourself but be strong for others who need it. I always took this as "Don't let them see you cry" as well and to this day not many people have seen me cry.
*Be funny. When in doubt, be witty and all uncomfortable situations become easy. Smile and smile often...even when you feel like yelling.
*Be satisfied, don't be materialistic. There may come a time when you can't be materialistic and all you will have is what you have.
*Be a hard worker. Work for what you want and if you want it, go get it.
*Be polite. We are from the South and by golly, we are going to use good manners. Yes, Sir!
*Be a good spouse. A marriage takes work, day in-day out. Divorce is easy. All good things come to those who work hard.
*Be yourself. Yes, I am independent, loud, funny, and don't take myself too seriously. I get all those traits from him but ultimately, I am me and that's okay. I have been taught to embrace who I am.
*Be honest. It may be harder to be honest but it makes you a better person. Lies are horrible, horrible things!
*Be an "overcomer". Bad things happen to good people. Don't let them slow you down. Life keeps moving and you have to move with it.
*Be confident. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Pity is a useless emotion and will only bring you down.
*Say your Prayers. God always listens and will also be in your corner when no one else is, so make him a part of your life.
*Grudges are a waste of time. Everyone loses, no one wins when a grudge is involved.
*Keep trying. It's okay to fail. Learn from it and try again. (I am still working on this one.)
*I get my singing talents from him and by that I mean I can't carry a tune even if it had a handle!
*Beer is good...but drink too much and it will make you dance like a fool.
*Dogs are scary. Okay...this is just him! ;) I love my Dogs!
*Your parent's worry about you. You worry about them. Worry...I have learned to worry!
*Always be on time...especially for your curfew. Seriously, y'all!
*If you can't spell a word, your spouse is going to tell you to "sound it out". Right, Mom and Nick?!
*"Patience is a virtue" that one that neither my dad or I will ever have.
*Popcorn is a must if you are having a movie night.
*Love your family. No. Matter. What.
Lastly, a Daddy is a Daughter's first love. I love you, Daddy! Happy Birthday! XOXO
P.S. Since I have also been in my Father's life for over half of his 47 years, I can only hope that some of my awesomeness has rubbed off on him as well!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:05PM
- I am crying right now. This is such a wonderful Birthday gift for your Dad. He is quite an amazing man. And yes. You are so much like him it is funny. Love you Brittney Ann
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