My Father has taught me a lot of things throughout my almost 4o years. We spent almost every Saturday of my childhood working side-by-side as a family on several apartments my parents owned. I was not a big fan of it when I was younger, but have realized as I have gotten older, just how in-valuable those Saturdays were for me. We grew close as a family, I learned how to work…hard, and I developed a love and friendship with and for my Father working at his side and under his guidance and direction. I also learned many of the skills that I use today for the DIY projects in my home. We did everything from painting, ripping down wallpaper and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms and tiling. I was the only girl I knew who could hammer and use a screwdriver.
My father also loved the outdoors. We lived near the High Uintah Mountains and spent a lot of time backpacking and camping there. My love of the outdoors came from the time we spent as a family hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting, rappelling, and backpacking together.
This is also where I gained my love for Summer afternoon thunderstorms. Almost every afternoon, when we were backpacking, a huge thunderstorm would rumble through our campsite. My Dad and I loved to sit out by the roaring fire in a good downpour and sometimes the thunder and lightning would be so close the ground would shake. When the storms were really bad I would usually run for cover in the tent and read.
I also gained my love for reading from my Dad, who always had a good book to share and a room in our home, which we called, the library, dedicated to walls of books. My Dad and I also share a love for basketball. When I was in Jr. High I used to get up at 5 am and ride to the high school gym with my dad. I would shoot baskets on the side while he played an early-morning game of basketball with some of his old High School buddies. Sometimes they even let me play with them.
But perhaps one of the greatest things I learned from him was the way he treated me and was there for me for one of the worst years of my life…when I was in college. He was a shoulder for me to cry on and confide in…which I did…OFTEN!
I am so thankful for the great blessing he has been to me in my life. I cherish the lessons he has taught me and continues to teach me and my family. So, it is only fitting that I get him something for Father’s Day that will help him to know just how much he means to me.
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