Monday, October 22, 2012

My Father, My Hero: 56 years.

 If you've watched"Modern Family" - you've witnessed a fairly good depiction of how I was raised on one side of the Parent equation. You see- Claire and all her tough-love and strict Parenting - is my Dad. While others I know were talking their way out of Groundings and getting money from their parents that they didn't have to pay back- I was STUCK at home Grounded (when I warranted 'grounding' there was no way I could finagle my way out of it) and creating Payment Plans to be a responsible loan-borrower from my Dad. My Dad believe(s)(ed) that the best way to prepare you for life ahead- is to show you that life will not be fair or easy, but if done with finesse and care, can be a wonderful existence.
My Sister (standing), My Dad and Me- proving the theory that Dads are the Original Hipsters
For as many days as I wasted fighting with my Dad in my youth and cursing his rules, I also spent reaping the rewards of his lessons: through persistent job hunting, I have a very good job; I know my way around a tool kit; I enjoy throwing the football; I believe that financial success means you MUST start to give back where you can; I do not (and haven't ever) felt like I'm some untouchable Princess. This will forever keep me capable, grounded and willing to work for what I want. And of course my Dad is fun too, he made Sunday morning breakfasts a blast, had me thinking the Denver Broncos were God's gift to Humans and he never says no to a game of Donkey Kong or Cribbage.
Dad, Brother and Me
Due to my Dad's inherent nature of being such a Parent to my Siblings and Me, we always talk about what he must have been like before work, before kids, before adult responsiblity- it's so hard to picture. However, I imagine that he was a bit wilder/crazy than he'd like us to imagine- someday I will get my Mom and Aunt/Uncles to tell me the truth.

Regardless- my tough, goofy Dad gave me a life of stability, love, tenderness and care. For few love his kids as much as my Dad loves his. And for that- I am forever and ever grateful.
Skiing with my Dad- one of the many things he taught me. See you at the bottom!
Happiest Birthday, Dad. Love you always and always. And thank you so much for not letting me grow up a Brat.
In the simplest terms- thank you for always being there.


Kate Sparkles said...

I hope your Dad has an amazing birthday, it sounds like he is an amazing father.
I've often wondered what my parents were like as young people.. I expect my Mum was an even more boring version of me ( like all the nerdiness and none of the quirkiness) but my dad is a huge mystery.. it's weird to imagine that they had entire lives before we came along right?

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Agree with Kate, he sounds amazning/wonderful.
Happy, happy birthday to your dad!!
Hope you guys have fun celebrating.

erika sorocco said...

Awww...this is such a sweet post, Caitlin! I think it's awesome that your dad's lessons have shaped you into the (incredibly amazing) person you are today.

Happy, Happy Birthday to your dad!! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a wonderful father, especailly not letting you grow up to be a brat haha the world would be better off if more did the same, too many brats around haha

Jenee C. said...

Happy birthday to your dad, thanks for sharing such a personal story from your youth.

xx Jenee C.
{camo meets couture}

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Awe, what a great post for/about your dad. It sounds like the two of you have a great relationship, and I think that is one of the most important relationships to have. It sounds like he raised you just the way my dad raised me, and just the way I hope that Ben and I will raise our kids. Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your dad!

HollyGoGlam said...

Such a cute post!! Your Dad sounds like a great man! Some of what you said reminds me of mine.. :) Enjoy every moment with him! It goes so fast!

Unknown said...

Cute post. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine Dad in a world without structure, responsibility and rules - hahaha. Love that first pic of us - so cute. And Dad's suspenders are amazing.

ff said...

I love your dad posts! They are always so amazing! What a great parent!

Unknown said...

Awwww this is adorable!
A very happy birthday to a wonderful father!!!

Unknown said...

Wow such a sweet post! I love the posts you write about your family, specifically your dad - you write so honestly about how much you admire him, it's really touching.

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella

Kara said...

:') Happy birthday to your daddy! Mine just celebrated his 56th too (Oct 15) and is similarly goofy, dependable and admirable. Gosh we are lucky ladies.

when BABI speaks said...

such a very sweet post dear! belated happy birthday to your dad! :-)


Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Having an incredible dad is such a rare find these days! Sounds like yours is a lot like mine! He like he did a great job raising you! Your love for him is so evident and I know that has to touch him deeply!

Ashleigh said...

Awww, happy belated to your Papa! He sounds like a wonderful one!