Who are our dads? What do they mean to us? As a child growing up my dad was great, he was the family protector the one who made decisions and the crazy fun one in our family. He was also the one who we avoided when we were bad or misbehaved because he was the authority, the disciplinarian. As a teenager, he was the one I hated most out of my parents, he was the one who enforced the rules and set my limitations. He was the one who scrutinized my boyfriends and how much make-up I was wearing. He was the one who talked the most and made us give to people and the poor. He taught us to cook and to check the car’s oil level. Some of these things I loved and some I hated. He was the one who danced like nobody was around which was totally embarrassing and the one who laughed at his own jokes. He was the one who everyone confided in except me. He was the one I wanted to get away from, the one I wanted to be free from because you know, dads are known to be strict and moms are the ones who stroke us and are comforting.
As an adult, my dad was the one I turned to when life got hard. He was the one I looked for when I needed to discipline but didn’t know how. He was the one I looked to when men came and went in and out of my life for support and encouragement. He was the one who showed me how to care for all and give to those who are less fortunate than me. Because of him I have great empathy and love deeply. Because of him I laugh from my belly and dance freely. Because of him I can tie a tie, check the oil in my car, cook amazing dinners now and use a drill. Because of him I am determined, ambitious, can do anything I put my mind to (can’t is not in my vocabulary), proud and confident. Because of him I know how to love and how someone should love me. Because of my dad I am great woman. It is because of all of the things that he showed me, taught me and disciplined me for only in a way a dad can do, is what shaped and molded me into something great.
Our dads are one of our greatest sources, strengths, pillars and supports. We need our dads just as equally as our moms and at times more. Take the time to see the greatness of your dad even in the moments of angst and frustration because their love runs deep and their value is unlimited.