Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

I went through a bunch of old photos and put together some thoughts of my dad for Father’s Day. I’m sure there’s much more I could say, but the photos were only from a specific time span, and I wanted to get this done before next Father’s Day. He’s done a lot for me and my ten older siblings and I wanted to do something to let him know how much he’s loved.

 

Hi Dad,

Thanks for giving me your good looks…

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…And showing me how to look cool.

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(Pat and Marty may have helped a bit too).

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It seems I started emulating you when I was very young.

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Seriously though, you were a great role model. You provided a place for us to live…

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…and you kept us fed.

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I always had a safe place to sleep…

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…even on trips in the Winnebago.

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You kept me clean…

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…and mostly out of trouble.

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You taught me how to drive a car…


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…and a boat.

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You taught me how to grill…

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…how to mow the lawn the right way and otherwise take care of a house…

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…how to take care of a garden…

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…and a family.

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I always had everything I needed to be happy…

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…like licorice…

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…and balloons…

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…and snow suits…

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…and toys…

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…and apparently lots of presents.

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There was lots of love between us kids…

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…usually.

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We learned to be very close…

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…and to take care of and stick up for each other.

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I learned the value and enjoyment of traditions…

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Your adoring kids had lots of good times to celebrate.

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I learned from you that I can fix Anything…

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…or build Anything…

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…or, did I mention, fix anything?

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You lovingly took care of all of us kids – from your first (is this Rose?)…

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To your last – me (not to mention all your grandkids and great-grandkids).

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You watched over me when there were more exciting things going on.

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You worked very hard to provide for us. I’m sure you felt a lot of pressure at times…

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…and I’m sure it was tiring.

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Although I live in Iowa (and you in Minnesota)…

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…and we talk mostly by phone…

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I wanted you to know that as our family tree continues to grow, I’ll always remember where I came from.

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Because of you, there still is, and will always be a lot of love in this family.

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You helped inspire me to be the best dad I can be.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

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2 comments

  1. Laura Kinnard

    How absolutely cool is this picture story for your dad. Loved it! What an incredible family, Jake. I hope you had a great father’s day and what an amazing dad you had. Thanks for sharing! Laura

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