This fatherly life: 3 reasons to appreciate your dad this Father’s Day

Dads come in various shapes and sizes. Some are more strict while others (like mine) are more goofy and silly. Throughout my life, my dad has been there for me. From driving me around to figure skating practice, to being the designated chauffeur for me and my friends, to teaching me how to ride a bike, to building sand castles, and most importantly always reminding me that it’s okay to be silly. My father has been an important part in shaping who I am today, as many fathers are.

While I was fortunate enough to have a father who came to every important event, celebration and always supported me, others have different fathers. But there are some universal truths that I believe apply to all fathers.

1. They teach us a lot.

From the early stages they teach us how to walk, ride a bike, and fish. My dad was instrumental in teaching me how to do anything sporty. Granted he may not have been the most athletic person, he still tried his best. From learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, to helping me learn how to roller blade. He was always there pushing me to accomplish goals that I didn’t think were possible. And then teaching me how to drive. He may have been nervous about his little girl getting behind the wheel, but he pushed past his nerves to teach me the rules of the road.

2. They’re always proud of your achievements.

I can remember every graduation, my dad was always there. I specifically remember my college graduation. My parents had split about 2 years prior to that day. So my mom came with my aunt, uncle, and cousin. My dad drove 4 hours, by himself, just to see his little girl walk across that stage. I had seen my mom and the rest of the fam the day before graduation. They had planned to stay for the entire weekend. However, my dad was only there for the day. So  I wasn’t even sure I was going to see him at graduation. Was he going to find where I was? I was nervous for him. And then, I looked over to take in the beautiful scenery and to my right was my dad. Holding the biggest bouquet of flowers, and the biggest damn grin out of everyone there. I could feel how proud he was. He was unashamed of being obnoxious. I remember thinking how handsome he looked, all dapper and s**t. It was such a special treat to see him. What made it even more special was that as soon as I crossed that stage and received that faux diploma my dad was RIGHT THERE. He had the best seat in the house. And I got to see his big ass smile that day. And to be able to see your parent in a sea of parents at graduation, is a rare scene. I am honored and blessed to have had that special moment with him.

3. When life gets hard, they are always there.

My dad is the king of funny faces. He’s a silly guy. He looks goofy too. And he doesn’t care. Literally, all this man cares about is making his little girl happy. Whenever I have had any hard times, my dad was always there. Either lending an ear for me to vent, helping me pack up all my s**t to move back home or leaving me some extra money for Starbucks or other necessities.

Dads are fantastic. They are great teachers, listeners and caregivers.

Daddy, thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for me. Thank you for all the support and always being there, the highs and the lows. Thank you for giving me most of my good-looks. I love you very much! You really are a wonderful father!

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Love you daddy! ❤️

Now I’d love to hear from all of you. What has your father taught you? Please share in the comments below. As always, I love reading all your comments and feedback! Also, if you like this post, then share it with  all your friends and if you haven’t already, subscribe to the blog to get instant notifications of new posts

See you all next week!

Zoya

A 20-something girl on a journey to find herself with hopes of helping others feel their feelings.