Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!

I didn't get to post a Happy Father's Day wish here yesterday because I was spending the day with my Dad, but as a loyal follower of my blog, I wanted to wish my wonderful father a VERY Happy Father's Day!!  My Dad follows my blog religiously - even though he isn't much of a nail polish fan and especially hates the stinky headache-inducing fumes they emit.  But he thinks it is really cool that I have a blog - and even more awesome that people care to read it!

My Dad has always been the "cool dad."  He was always the dad who would hang out with us kids and took an interest in our lives.  When we went swimming, he swam too - he didn't sit on the side drinking beer.  He went horseback riding with me when I was younger, he took my sister and I camping and on bike rides, and he would ride all the roller coasters at the amusement park with us.  He tells great jokes and laughs at the bad jokes my sister and I tell.  He helped me pay for my first car and then when I totaled it in the middle of the city, hours from home, he left work right away and rushed to rescue me.  He loves kayaking and especially loves to go with my sister and I (even though we slow him down tremendously).

When I was younger, I always asked him to tell me stories about when he was a kid.  A lot of his stories involved his fantastic Border Collie, Cookie.  I was seventeen when I first met Cara (who is now my wonderful dog, pictured above at my dad's favorite lake in Vermont) while volunteering on a rescued dog transport, and I knew instantly that I had to adopt her.  She reminded me of Cookie from all the stories my dad had told me, and I saw her as my Cookie (and Cara absolutely adores my dad).

Since I wasn't allowed to walk to the mailbox when I was little, he built me my own mailbox and attached it to our fence, then he would write letters and cards for me and leave them in there.  In middle and high school, when my brain refused to learn math, my dad would coach me through it, making it a little less daunting and a little more fun.  He taught me funny ways to remember the states (Minnesota is shaped like a mini cup of soda; Iowa is a running nose - I Owe Ya One! he calls to Missouri - and poor Missouri is in Mis-ery because of the running nose Iowa has above him).  My dad built the house I grew up in; he built the house we moved to when I was 15 (and even built me my own bathroom so Kelsey and I didn't have to share, something we could never thank him enough for); and now that I am renting the house I grew up in back from him and my mom, he is constantly making free repairs and additions (I couldn't ask for a better landlord!).

He's as a big a nut about recycling and composting as I am (wonder where I got that from!), and he always goes out of his way to help others.  He truly can do ANYTHING.  In the past few weeks he put in an above ground pool, added a pump to the pond to make a running waterfall, and finished putting a new roof on my house (among other things).  He is a fantastic cook (last night we made crabcakes, grilled sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, and peanut butter ice cream) and he loves trying new recipes.  When I went vegetarian seven years ago, he and my mom began cooking vegetarian meals for dinner 95% of the time (can you get any more supportive than that?).  When I was a few years old, he built my sister and I a playground that was fit for a queen.  He and my mom bought me a horse and then spent hours and hours weekly cleaning stalls with me to help pay board (and spent hours and hours watching me ride).  He thought my ability to find four leaf clovers everywhere I went was cool, and my entire life he's encouraged my love of writing and reading.  He helped finance my way through four years of college and two years of graduate school (something I could have never done without his help) and, more so than the money, he was supported me all these years.  My dad is easy going, laid back, friendly, and always willing to lend a hand - it is no wonder he is so well-liked by everyone who meets him.  Even if he doesn't believe it, he has always been (and will always be) the Coolest Dad Ever.

Thanks for being the best Dad that Kelsey and I could ever ask for.  We love you.


Megan Harmeyer said...

You're lucky to have such a great dad and an awesome roll model! Thanks for sharing your memories with us - it brought tears to my eyes.

Unknown said...

wow, brooke, you dad sounds awesome!!! maybe he will adopt me? lol. i am glad you have such an awesome father, and even more, that he will read the words of praise you wrote him, I can't think of a better father's day gift!

- said...

Posts like this are what makes me love you, Brooke. :)

Mary said...

What a great (and cool!) Dad you have! I really enjoyed reading about all of the things he did and continues to do for you. I'm sure he is very proud of both you and your sister, just as I'm certain you're very proud to call him your Dad :)

rijaH said...

He really sounds like an awesome dad ;D I never knew my dad so you should cherish every moment with him, which I am sure you do :D Happy your dads day :D Yay hehe

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

That's a man who enjoys life to the fullest! Seems he really enjoys being a dad too, and that is a rare commodity, but I hope that is changing. :)
You forgot to mention one little thing about your dad...He's Hot! ;) Hope I didn't offend, but I do think you have quite a handsome father there.

Unknown said...

Megan, thank you for reading, and I really appreciate your kind comment. Thank you!!

jbrobeck, thank you!! and haha at the adoption comment :) lol. I'm glad I was able to share a little bit of his awesomeness here on my blog :)

awww, jellynat!! Your blog makes me adore you too!! Thanks for reading and being such a kind, positive person :)

Mary, thank you for reading!! Kelsey and I are so proud to call him our Dad :) we feel so lucky (we actually had a long conversation about that yesterday!). Thanks for your kind comment, Mary!!

Rija, thank you also for your kind comment. I so appreciate that you read my story :) and thank you for the Happy Your Dad's Day (haha!)!

Elizabeth, I completely agree - it seems so few dads enjoy being dads! I am so glad I have a dad who loves to be a dad!! :) and you made me laugh - I'm sure my dad will love your comment!! haha. Thanks for reading :)

Unknown said...

Dad's are awesome! My dad is from Boston. What you see on TV for those Boston guys - yeah that is my dad. He is gruff and to the point and the biggest Red Sox fan in the world. But I am his girl - and he follows my blog religiously too! He even gives me ideas. He probably knows more about polish than he cares to, but because I am his girl he reads it every day. Love my dad!

Unknown said...

aww, r3Beauty, your comment is so cute :) (and your dad totally deserves to read it!!). It's funny that our dads read our blogs that are all about nails and beauty :) it really shows how much they care!! Thanks so much for sharing your adorable story!!! :)

Trista said...

Amazing!!!! It must be awesome to have a dad like that. :o)

Kathy said...

Go Brooke's dad! Your post made me sniffle. :)

Jessica Leigh said...

What a great post. I bet your dad was quite touched to read it!

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