Monday, March 21, 2011

the anti-BLOW OFF: happy birthday to my dad

Every once in awhile, the BLOW OFF likes to acknowledge the people we love who never blow us off. Today, on his birthday, I'd like to take a moment to give some love to my dad-- the wisest most caring guy I know.

It's because of my dad that I've always had high expectations for the men in my life. When you know there are good guys out there, you never want to settle for anything less. My dad's taught me that a guy can be the strong protector type, but can also have a sense of humor and cry at the end of The Little Mermaid. During the years, he's always been there to give me advice, tell me when I'm wrong or right about something, and support me either way. He's worked hard all his life, but even after 14 hours at the office, he somehow manages to always come home with a huge smile on his face.

He's also the original LifeOfTheParty. Ask anyone who's seen his signature dance moves.

The thing I love most about my dad is the way he loves my mom. After more than 36 years of marriage, he still tells her she looks beautiful all the time, praises her strength and her personality, and looks at her like she's the best thing that ever happened to him (and she is.) We can't choose our parents. I just got really lucky that a certain sperm didn't blow off a certain egg. The good news is, even if it's not your dad or your mom, we all have people out there that would never dream of blowing us off. Let's celebrate them today.