Today (technically yesterday) the Art of Manliness assignment was to write a letter to my father, telling him how much I appreciate him. As suggested by the website, I made up a list of things that I have learned from my dad. I guess I never realized how much of who I am today was directly from his teachings. I won’t give the letter to my dad just yet; it’s my birthday in about 2 weeks and I think that’ll be a good day to give it to him (and I’ll write another one for my mom too).
So here are the top 11 things I learned from my dad:
- Act of praying consistently about everything.
- Spirit of sacrifice for the family.
- How to drive.
- Various home improvements and repairs skills.
- Middle school math.
- How to shave (which I use everyday).
- Getting in the habit of reading the Bible daily.
- Importance of listening to Mom.
- Mindset of creating new flavors with food.
- The importance of cleaning.
- The importance of a father figure in a person’s life.
It’s late at night, so I’ll make this post a short one. But just know that, as weird as he is, I love my dad. Without him I wouldn’t be this awesome man that I am, so I owe him everything. Even though my dad is not without fault and shortcomings, I wouldn’t trade him for any other man in the world, because he is my dad; not yours (unless you’re reading this, Hanna) and not any one else’s, but mine.
Someday I hope my progeny would say the same of me.