Sunday, June 17, 2018

There goes my hero. . .

Happy Father’s Day! Today is all about celebrating the man that has been my number one since day one. He is one of the greatest human beings and he is the best father and husband. I decided to bring to you today, my dad:

1.    What made you fall in love with Mom? 
She laughed at my dumb jokes!  Actually, we were friends before we ever started dating.  We worked together waiting tables while your mom was in college and I was waiting to leave for the Navy.  To answer your question directly, we started off as friends, and have always had great communication - even 27 years later!  Your mom is pretty witty.  She makes me laugh as much as I make her laugh.  We actually enjoy each other’s company.  We're not going to be that old couple you see at a restaurant, not speaking to each other. We'll be that couple in the corner making fun of that couple!
2.    What were your immediate thoughts when you learned that you were going to be a father? What about the first moments of fatherhood? 
I was so excited and scared at the same time.  As usual, I wanted everything to be perfect for you and mom, and given the situation of being deployed on a regular basis, I wanted to make sure I was there every second.
Wow...the first moments were very emotional for me.  First thought was, "we sure made a pretty baby!"  I had experience with babies since I was so involved with my niece (Jessica), and committed at that point that I was going to be 100% involved every step of the way, which I still strive to be today.

3.    What inspires you? What keeps you going?
You 3 girls inspire me to work hard and provide the best possible life I could for you.  At the same time, I wanted to lead by example in showing you girls that you can accomplish anything you want, as long as you're willing to put the work in to get it.  I carry a quote in my briefcase - "Don't be upset about the results you didn't get, from the work you didn't do."
Again, your mom and I had an agreement that she would take care of our business under the roof (home) so I could take care of my career, in turn taking care of the family.  Make no mistake, I would not be where I am today if mom and I did not have such a healthy partnership. We make a pretty good team!

4.    What is one piece of life advice that you want everyone to know? 
Listen before you speak.  Earn before you spend. Think before you act. Try before you quit. Live before you die. And, most importantly, do something every day to make someone laugh.

5.    Lastly, how has fatherhood changed you? 
I'm a better person because of fatherhood.  I love you girls more than you'll ever know (until you have kids of your own). The greatest gift I can ever give you girls is to believe in you!  What I mean by that is that fatherhood didn't change me.  You girls challenged me to be the best version of a father I could be.

I want to thank my dad for doing this interview with me and for allowing everyone to see the kind of man my father is and always has been. I have been the luckiest girl in the world and I am so grateful that I get to call him my dad. Happy Father’s day out there to the ones that do it all, to the moms who have to play both roles, and finally to the men that always put their children first. Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews, I can’t wait to share what I have been working on.


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