A Tribute To My Dad
Happy Father’s Day! How I wish I could give you a huge hug, but sadly I can’t. We are thousands of miles apart from each other and busy lives always keep us moving. But right here, right now, this blog post is my way of saying thank you. Thank you for kissing my toes and bathing me when I was a baby. Thank you for calling me Freddie, (I loved that nickname), and making me laugh until my cheeks hurt. Thank you for letting me snuggle on your chest as you watched the football game. I loved those times.
Thank you for kicking my ass when I was a rebellious teen. I know how difficult I was. Now that I’m a parent I shake my head at my behavior. But still…. you were there. You told me when I was wrong, and loved me nonetheless. You stood by me– literally, at my darkest hour. When I stood trembling before my deepest fear you were there with a hug, and deep strength to pick me up again. Thank you Daddy. There are no words or actions to repay you for that.
Thank you for sitting by my bedside when I gave birth. That was frightening as hell. (And it didn’t feel great either). But you rallied behind me and told me everything would be fine. Your voice… as it has always been…. was like a giant, warm hug. Soothing and comforting, you told me to be strong and rise up. And so I did. I became a parent, and you– a grandparent– a papa.
Thank you for the many talks we’ve had when I moved away. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for you to have your daughter live so far away. But our talks on the road have meant the world to me. Dad, you don’t know it, but you’ve left quite the impression upon me. Here are a few examples: Did you know that my daughter’s favorite music is oldies? 🙂 Where do you think she gets that from? Her favorite band is Journey. (Turn on “Anyway You Want It” and she really gets rocking). She also loves Italian culture. She hangs your picture in her room and always says, “That’s my papa!” when she points to your picture. You are loved very deeply.
As I continue to grow, and as we both age, I just want to thank you. Thanks for being my dad. I sure feel blessed. Happy Father’s Day Daddy.