thoughts on fatherhood

My dad and I have always been buddies. We love going to baseball games, watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and drinking Coca-Cola. He's been my helper for every major move I've made as an adult, including driving cross-country to Chicago for grad school (one of our most favorite memories) and my most recent move to Albuquerque to be with Dale and start my new life as a married woman.

After shoulder surgery in high school, my dad helped me learn how to throw again so I could fulfill my dream of playing varsity softball. In fact, I even broke his nose in the process. Whoops. Good thing he's such a good sport.

No dad is perfect, including mine, but I've never doubted his love for me, my siblings, and my mom. His wife and family mean everything to him. I know he worries about me and my siblings all the time and wants nothing more than for each of us and our own families to be healthy and happy. Financially my family has struggled over the years but my dad has always taken his role as the provider very seriously. He's made countless sacrifices to make ends meet and keep my family afloat.

Fathers play a crucial role in their children's lives. I'm grateful to have a dad who supports me in achieving my goals, can always make me laugh, and enjoys spending time with me--and now my fiance too. When my dad helped me move to Albuquerque he got to spend some one-on-one time with Dale while I was doing job interviews. They hung out at the house together drinking Mexican Coke and watching Taladega Nights. Even though that was several months ago, my dad still talks about how much fun he had hanging out with Dale. I'm glad my dad not only approves, but also likes the man I've chosen to spend forever with.

I feel incredibly grateful to be marrying a man who understands the importance of fatherhood and the sacred role he plays in his children's lives. Dale's love for his boys knows no bounds. I've said it before and I know I'll be saying it the rest of my life, but Dale's commitment to fulfilling his role as a father is one of the reasons I fell in love with him.

To all the dads everywhere who fiercely love (and sometimes embarrass) their children, Happy Father's Day!

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