Boss did a piece on her dear ol' dad not long ago. I didn't get much chance to chime in, so I'll start by saying I love and appreciate Ohio Dad as well, even though I personally have never seen him lick anybody. He's given me the greatest gift of my life (the Boss), and for that I have eternal gratitude. Thanks, Ohio Dad!
Utah Dad is my hero. He has shown me what it means to honor the priesthood throughout his life. He loves his wife and his children, and spends all his time and effort to serve them and others. Throughout my life my dad has exemplified a virtuous work ethic, given more of himself to his employment than was required, and spent loads of otherwise discretionary time in the service of the church and community. In the last several years I think he's been on 4 missions for the church. I could be wrong, what with him trying out a new one every time I turn around.
During graduation last month, my father visited to show his support despite the fact that traveling for my folks is somewhat burdensome right now. But they came anyway because they love me and knew that I would appreciate it. And although Utah Dad's silliness is not quite at the level of Ohio Dad's, he puts up with silliness he's subjected to all the time and remains a good sport despite great challenges to his dignity!
Not only that, but every time Dad has come to visit, our house is better off for it! For more than 2 years I've been dreading getting our rain gutters cleaned out. I have a ladder that is 15 feet or so, but our house is situated so that it is inadequate for getting to the gutters to clean them. And I have a compulsive need to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on a service that something deep inside me demands I can do myself. But, I would never have made it without Dad coming to my rescue. After being here a few days, not only were the rain gutters sparkling clean (having been tidied up during tornado weather!) but the circuit breaker was fixed, the bathtub drain worked again, and the kitchen sink no longer wiggled or leaked. And that's only the short list--he usually does much more than that but this time was limited with graduation!
Dad, I appreciate the great example of love and service you are and for the way you treat Mom with such respect and tenderness!
Happy Fathers' Day, dads.