My dad has given me so much -
- Most importantly, unconditional love. He loves me even when he doesn't agree with me, which is most of the time if we're talking politics. He taught me that I can love people I don't agree with.
- An appreciation for a good conversation. I can always count on discussing thought-provoking topics when I'm around him.
- An incredible appreciation for history. The man is like a walking history book. If you have a history question, he's the guy to ask.
- A dry sense of humor - he is one of the funniest guys I know.
- An appreciation for a good debate - although we frequently take opposite sides in any debate, I appreciate his joy in a good verbal sparring.
- An appreciation for a job well done - if you're going to do the job, do it excellently - I honestly don't know of anyone who works so hard - (And, Dad, most 80 year olds do not get up on the roof to sweep the leaves off....just so you know that! We really can do that for you, you know!)
- He is an endless servant. Anytime we need help with any project, Dad's there...tool belt strapped on and ready for a day's work.
- His persevering attitude. I know very few people who could face a lung cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgeries with as much bravery and courage as he did. There was never any self-pity, just determination to beat that thing - and he did!
- An appreciation for a well-kept yard. I can't keep up with you, Dad, in this area, but I do certainly admire a well-done yard!
- He also gave me a really high metabolism, which in the grand scheme of things is quite insignificant, but I really appreciate it, nonetheless!
I LOVE YOU, DAD!!!