(I don’t think this is technically an “ode” but it just sounded right at the moment so bear with me on that!)
My Dad’s birthday falls only slightly before Father’s Day which has always made me feel bad for him, in the sense that many others whose births may have taken place very close to certain holidays I’m sure can relate to.
(Only getting one gift and all that jazz half the time…)
Finding myself in a struggling state financially right now I have since decided to make his present this year something he has been asking me or my sister now for YEARS!
Almost, every time I see him anymore (or talk to my sister about similar circumstances) he will literally beg for one us to write a book about his life.
This is a typical thing I would say many nearing ever closer to “old age” begin to think about. The whole wanting to be remembered and all that which I totally understand!
While, I can’t say I will, most likely, ever write a full blown book on my father, I probably could because he really has had a fairly interesting life so far.
You could almost say he is literally the definition of the ol’ “truth can be stranger than fiction” saying!
My dad is a simple man in many ways.
He’s always worked his butt of as a union dock builder claiming to love it for the adrenaline rush! He has since retired only a little over a year ago or so. Recently, he seems to even be researching various ways to ease this itch!
The most recent I was personally witness to, was him wanting to try to enter a demolition derby! If you didn’t guess, he is also a huge fan of Nascar which even though I will occasionally watch with him….
I can’t stand at all!
Half the time I honestly just end up making fun of it! (No offense to any fans!)
He enjoys things like fishing and other various activities of that nature. Pretty much my point in giving this basic rundown is simply….
WE LITERALLY HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON!
What we do share in common is the fact that we are extremely nice people who will usually do anything we can to help people!
(Granted…I do feel I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that he may occasionally do this just for the gratitude and appreciation….but that’s neither here nor there!)
My dad is the type of man who will pull over to the side of the road whenever he sees anyone in trouble no matter who they may be!
He really will honestly do anything for anyone to the point you could almost say he is taken advantage of sometimes.
Crazy times include for example, literally climbing into a building that was on fire to save an old man and carry him down to safety….
Yea…he’s freakin’ nuts…
(Not always in good ways I assure you…he’s not known in his town as “The Crazy Irish Leprechaun” for nothing!)
When all is said and done though I would never wish for another father ever and I love him more than life!
He probably sometimes doubts this but I would hope, at least, recently that he has finally been realizing how much this is true.
I’ve gained so much of my random knowledge and experiences from my father that I probably don’t even realize sometimes where I pull random things from is, more often than not, something I learned from him.
I feel like we are still, in a lot of ways, slightly weird since I transitioned because I know he’s not entirely comfortable with it but he has still always been there for me whenever I need it the most!
I honestly could go on and on but I’m going to wrap it up here, at least for now.
I love you, Dad!
Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing Father’s out there!
We know you put up with a lot from us sometimes, just know how much we truly appreciate it!
(Unless, you have a terrible child and then my condolences….You’re still awesome to me!)
Thank you so much for Reading!