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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"My Father's Eyes" - Eric Clapton

To MY Dad,

I freaking love you.

I love that it's YOUR birthday today . . . because it makes me think on all the awesome events, times & memories we've shared together.

Most of all, I am grateful.

I'm grateful . . . . .

  • That you expected a lot of me.
  • That we'd meet - just you and I - in that horrible room with the shag carpet to go over how I was doing [school, life, sports, etc]
  • For the example you are to Peanut.
  • For the example you are to us solely by your actions.
  • That you taught me about money at an early age. "Emily, you either make interest or pay it."
  • That I still want to talk to you before a big purchase.
  • That you taught me so many sports.
  • That you expected just as much from me during sports as my brother.
  • That we took walks together at night.
  • That you call me randomly just to see how I am.

  • That you call me "sweetie".
  • That you hug me every time I see you.
  • That you got to see me be born.
  • That you taught me how a man should treat a woman by the way you treated / treat Mom.
  • That you are slow to anger. [but seriously, what went wrong here with me?! ;) ]
  • That you danced for my friends when I begged you to.
  • That you didn't hate me when I decided I was "done" with volleyball at just the wrong time.
  • That you made me work hard on Saturday's. chores. chores. chores.
  • For the love you show me and my family.
  • For the prayers, I'm sure, you sent up daily on my behalf.
  • For being at all my volleyball games. Yelling your heart out.
  • For being at my races. In "run emz" attire.
  • That you don't get mad when I poke fun at your sweet sunglasses. ;)

  • For being there 23.25 hours of my 24 hour run.

  • For always telling me, "Em, don't be so critical" when my attitude was crap.
  • For being athletic.
  • For always putting your family first. ALWAYS.

  • For teaching me how to NOT throw like a girl.
  • For teaching me how to drive.
  • For buying that Nissan 300Z.
  • For the way you eat a cob of corn. just amazing.
  • For always saying "good earth".
  • For always loving my cooking.
But mostly . . .

For being twinkle toes, Gordy, Papa & MY Dad.
I. freaking. love. you.

28 comments:

Mandi Runs said...

<3 Dads. *BIG SMILES*

Cynthia said...

LOVE this! Makes me miss my dad

Evolving Through Running said...

I hope my daughter can say even a fraction of these things to me one day. He certainly set the bar high. Love this post.

Marlene said...

Sweetest post ever. I want to meet this man.

mickiruns said...

so sweet. happy birthday EMZ's dad!!! i will go to costco and have a slice of pizza just for him :)

Caroline said...

happy birthday father of the EMZ!

this makes me want to jump on a plane to go see my dad!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Dads are priceless.

1 awesome Dad + 1 amazing mom = unimagined potential.

Friend. u.hit.the.jackpot!

bcuz I can't, hug your Dad [extra tight and when he starts to let go, hug a little longer.]

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Happy birthday, what a guy!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

That's awesome :) Great Dad's are an amazing thing to have. Love this post!

Laurie said...

I can't believe he was ONLY there for 23.25 hours of your 24 hour run. :)

What an awesome guy! You're a lucky girl. Happy Birthday to your dad!!!

Carrie FamilyFitnessFood said...

Happy Birthday to your dad. What a special dad. It's my son's birthday too. Happy Day.

Julie said...

I don't get on your blog too much because it is addicting and before I know it and hour has past and I was suppossed to be doing something else when I got on the computer! I love you and miss you!!!

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