"But life is about who you love and who you hurt. It’s about how you feel about yourself. It’s about trust, happiness, and compassion. It’s about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love. Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence. It’s about what you say and what you mean. It’s about seeing people for who they are and not for what they have. Most of all, it is about living your life to touch someone else's."
This is a post for my dad. The most loyal, dedicated, consistent person I've ever met. This post is about him taking on the challenge of falling in love with someone who came with what others might see as baggage-- and loving me just the same. This is a post about a man I respect more than anyone else in the entire world--who works 7 days a week with little complaint. This is for the skinny little man who puts gravy on everything and tried desperately (and successfully I might add) to show an only child that money isn't everything. I've never ever met a more patient person--almost to a flaw at times. Thank you for loving me, just as I am and never making me feel less than accepted for not being "yours". Thank you for fighting battles about what you were sacrificing choosing someone with a child. Thank you for loving unconditionally. I am who I am because you showed that it was capable. You have supported every crazy hope and dream I've had. You never made me feel sorry for not being who everyone told me I should be. On this day, when we're celebrating your birthday on Sunday as opposed to the day of because you wanted to work longer hours-- I just wanted the whole world to know how fantastic you are. And I know you might never read this (you still type what you're looking for in the address bar of internet explorer... stubborn!!) but people deserve to know what a great man you are, how hard you try, and how love you are.
Love you papa bear.