Sure, I could get him the annual birthday tie and he’d be completely content, even if it happened to be the most hideous tie ever made. I guess that’s what I love about him, though. Even if what I get him is totally ridiculous and not even close to what he wanted, he still manages to make you feel as if I’ve found the perfect gift.
I don’t know if any of you know, but my dad has a tattoo on his shoulder of a picture my brother drew of him when he was three. It’s not like my brother was some kind of young DaVinci or anything, but my dad didn’t hesitate in making it a permanent part of who he is. That’s another thing I love about my dad. He doesn’t need perfect, he just needs love.
Ever since I can remember, my dad has been driven to be his best. Some people say that if you don’t graduate high school that you won’t amount to much in life, but I find that hard to believe. My dad dropped out of high school when he was in the 10th grade, but many people would never have guessed after listening to him. Just because he didn’t finish school, doesn’t mean he gave up on his education. Never once has my dad come head-to-head with a difficult situation and just gave up. He’s always been ready for anything life throws his way, even the most unexpected of things. Life has managed to screw him over pretty bad, but he’s always managed to find his way back to who he really is. I’m proud of how far he has come and the way he’s turned his life around.
I love you dad, thanks for opening my eyes to so many new things. I wouldn’t be the same person if I hadn’t had the experiences your decisions have given me. Thank you and have a great birthday, old man.