A reader was inspired to make "God Never Blinks" a birthday gift for her dad. Pat borrowed my idea from Lesson 45 and wrote a list of 80 things she loved about her dad.
It made me think of the things I loved about my dad who has been gone 11 years. Maybe it'll remind you about what you love about your dad.
Here's Pat's list:
REASONS WHY WE LOVE DAD:
1. Dad is a great slow story teller.
2. Dad has a good sense of money management and gives good advice.
3. Our favorite nick name for you is Old Yeller and Smiley.
4. Now when he yells at us we can ignore him and go home.
5. Dad helped us realize that saving our money brings big dreams.
6. Dad truly cares for all of us.
7. Dad was a dedicated little league football coach for us on the Sharonville Jets.
8. Dad would travel to many states to watch us play football and basketball.
9. Dad always remembers special occasions with a Hallmark card and gift.
10. Dad never complained about driving me to my bus stop every day in high school.
11. Dad always honks his horn when he sees a lady bending over in her yard.
12. Dad would jump out and scare us when we watched the Cool Ghoul as kids.
13. Dad can make great malts, eggnog and whiskey sours.
14. Dad had the patience to teach me how to drive a stick shift.
15. Dad rode with me in a horse and buggy on my wedding day. I loved it.
16. Dad always endured my ballet recitals.
17. Dad saved money and sold stock so we could all go to college if we wanted.
18. Dad always welcomed our friends and family into our home.
19. Dad would unlock the door late at night and never ask us why we had the paper.
20. Dad was a great Santa Claus for years and years -- costume and all.
21. Dad thanks for wiping our noses all those years.
22. Dad prays for us when we need prayers and even when we don’t need them.
23. Dad accepted us even when we behaved at our worst.
24. Dad married Mom for 57 years through good times and bad.
25. Dad introduced us to Camelot, Tony Bennett and Robert Goulet.
26. Dad cooked us Pink mashed potatoes when Mom was gone for dinner.
27. Dad loved to call my husband by the wrong name “Clem Kadilittlehopper and Meathead.” The kids were meatballs.
28. Dad got us hooked on season tickets to the Bengal’s games.
29. Dad still attends those Bengal’s games and tail gates like a trooper.
30. Dad has a very loud voice range especially when he is angry. It is loud and clear, and sometimes funny.
31. Dad enlightened our life with the many vacation trips to Massachusetts for many years.
32. Dad always made family time a high priority.
33. Dad encouraged family values and togetherness always.
34. Dad made “pull my finger” famous in our family.
35. Dad was able to survive a flaxseed poisoning attempt by Mom and not complain about it.
36. When Dad could get away with it, he would wear his slippers to church.
37. Dad came up with the phrase “Energy Shower”. It was sharing a shower with the one you love to conserve water.
38. Dad generously bought many breakfasts on Sunday mornings at Bob Evans.
39. Dad always blesses the family Christmas tree every Christmas Eve.
40. I love when Grampy holds my hand. His hands are warm and soft.
41. Grampy always has, without fail, some sort of candy that he will sneak to you.
42. Grampy’s multiple trips to the post office each week are so cute.
43. Dad’s bark is bigger than his bite.
44. Dad has a wonderful spirit of love and generosity.
45. Dad is gentle yet strong.
46. Dad has a great passion for faith, family and friends.
47. He has always been there for us.
48. The way Grampy rubs his face and takes off his glasses when he is getting ready to tell a story.
49. I love the way Grampy sleeps in his chair with his mouth open.
50. Every time I see Grampy he has another dirty story.
51. The biggest reason why I love Grampy is because he will always be the best Grampy anyone could ask for.
52. Dad is not afraid to wear his MacArthur plaid anytime he wants.
53. When Dad picks up the restaurant tab he always acts like he is having a heart attack. 54. Dad snores like a big old bear, but we love him anyway.
55. We have fond memories of Dad wearing his Knights of Columbus suit and parading around our living room.
56. Dad always drove the beater cars, so my Mom could drive the reliable family car.
57. We love to hear about Dad’s travels which were all around the world.
58. Dad insisted on us all having chores or “yard guard” duty. This helped build our work ethics that we still use today.
59. When my son was having heart surgery, Dad was on a work trip to Germany. He called everyday for an update on his progress.
60. He loved to tell the male Grandchildren to always “Keep the mouse in the house.”
61. Dad volunteered his time to many Credit Union organizations all his life.
62. Dad has good old common sense, which is rare today.
63. Dad believes in showing up for events early not just on time. Not all his children have picked up on this trait.
64. Dad believes in his Catholic faith and attends mass every day.
65. Whenever we tried to make excuses for our actions, Dad would say, “Men Nada, Menyada” which is Spanish for Tomorrow.
66. Dad is good at math and did our taxes for a while.
67. We would not be here if he did not marry Mom.
68. Dad has many long time friends that he cherishes
69. Dad is not too dorky and fun to hang out with.
70. He is funny and sarcastic all at the same time.
71 He takes long pauses when he tells stories and does not want to be interrupted.
72 He has a favorite torn up wool sweater he wears every day. Mom tries to get rid of it, but he finds it and wears it anyway.
73. Dad is a good listener and problem solver. He organizes thoughts and puts them to paper.
74. Dad gives the best big bear hugs.
75. He coined the phrases squid, split tail and Time out.
76. He offered free opthomology appointments to an array of referees and umpires.
77. He was always looking for a flashlight when he did home projects.
78. He was always considerate to the family dog, George, by letting him run the neighborhood.
79. Dad had an eloquent way of giving the boys a birds and bees talk.
80. Dad today is your day. We all love you and Mom very much. Enjoy!
With Love, From your children, grandchildren and Sue and Dave. "