I know it's a little late in the day, but I feel like since I devoted a whole post to moms, I need to devote one to dads, too.
I've had a lot of parental figures in my life, but the ones who are most important are my own (obviously!). I cannot tell you how much they mean to me and how glad I am that they're my best friends. My father has taught me many things including how to work on cars, music instruments, loving people for who they are, accepting diversity, cherishing my loved ones, and that sometimes it's ok to be emotional. My dad is one of the most incredible men I've ever known. Yes, he has his difficult times, and because I'm so much like him it can get a little sketchy sometimes. But I am so glad to have him as my dad. He helped me to learn to respect others and that my family is the most important thing in my life.
I've also got a brother and brother-in-law who are pretty awesome, too. My big brother protected me when I was little, and taught me as I grew that I needed to toughen up and not show people where my goat is tied (dad did that too, and mom, and sister, and pretty much everyone in my life...). He helped me out long-distance with my economics homework, and encouraged me to travel and experience every aspect of the world that I could. His love and support is unending and I'm so glad to have him around. Plus he's the reason I have some pretty awesome nephews in my life. Brother-in-law takes care of my sister and I'm so glad that he's helped bring three of the most beautiful children in the world to my world. I can never thank him enough for the gift of their lives.
I urge you all to take time to thank the fathers and/or father figures in your lives every day and not just today. But it's nice to give them a special day every once in a while...or once a year. ;)
Happy Father's Day. I love you.