Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thanks, Dad

Father's Day weekend has already rolled around once again. As a kid, this holiday always meant making a cute card filled with glitter and finger paintings along with some gift that Mom would purchase, usually something Dad said he "didn't need". The older I get, though, Father's Day brings more meaning and depth. I become more and more aware that the time we all have to spend here on Earth with our fathers is so limited. Some have never had a chance to even get to know their dads, others had them ripped away far too quickly. Father's Day brings a different meaning to everyone. Celebration, gratitude, admiration, even sorrow and anger for some. It is a personal holiday that has no rules or regulations. I send my immense love to those who are without a father to celebrate this year. And to those who are fortunate enough to still have their dads around, shower them with love and hugs galore this weekend.

This Father's Day, I am reminded yet again how blessed I am to have Tim Elliott as my daddy. I receive beautiful remarks from those that know my father of just how amazing he is. They feel fortunate to have him in their life (so how INCREDIBLY LUCKY am I to be his daughter?)

There is always an annual struggle for my brother and I on what to get Dad for Father's Day, mostly because he is the most selfless man you will ever meet, making him impossible to buy for. So this year, I would just like to let him know what all he has taught me in the past twenty one years. And for you sweet people reading this as well, this is a chance for me to get to brag on my daddy, something he absolutely despises.

Thank you Daddy, for teaching me...

1. The art of silliness.  You know every prank in the book and you know how to execute them well. You gave me your down right SILLY humor, that I have yet to get rid of. Every corny joke and punchline that others roll their eyes at, we are the ones to always bust a gut. You have taught me that my soul never truly has to grow up and that an opportunity to laugh or make someone else laugh should never be neglected.

2. Lefty loosey, righty tighty. Any practical skill used to survive in this world, I learned from you. Thank you for teaching me how to drive, the best way to iron, the ins and outs of a bank account, how to measure and hang a picture frame, multiplication tables, the true art of packing a suitcase... I learned all of this and so much more from you.

3. How to love unconditionally. Daddy, you set a beautiful and tangible example of loving absolutely anyone around you. You take on each day with a pure selfLESS attitude and put others in front of you every single time. I have watched you love and care for people of all ages, leaving an incredible impact on them that is beyond words. You never expect anything in return and do not let anything get in the way of simply loving anyone and everyone. I hope to be able to have half the heart that you have.

4. Every single task deserves 100% work ethic. I have yet to meet another man or woman with the amount of work ethic that you have. You see the job that has to get done and you do it to your fullest ability. You hold so many talents, combine them with hard work and produce exquisite products. You do not expect anything to be handed to you. You have been a prime model for me and Austin, showing us each day how to take on anything that comes our way.

5. To never settle. For anything. I couldn't be more thankful for this lesson you have taught me. It has driven me to where I am today, and will continue to do so. My whole life you have always poured into me that I am beautiful, talented, strong and sweet. I have always believed you and have never had the need to run to anyone else or anything else to receive affirmation. You have always pushed me to keep going and never settle for the present moment. The best things are worth waiting for and I am so thankful for listening to that advice. I am who I am today and where I am today because of your encouragement and proclamation that we all deserve the absolute best.

So, Daddy, I am wishing you the happiest of Father's Days. But, in all reality, you should be celebrated every day. You have touched the hearts of so many around you and I am so honored to be your daughter. The greatest compliment I receive is you simply saying the words "I'm so proud of you." For a man like you to say that about a girl like me, means the absolute world. I love you.

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