Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"I Was Just Thinking" - Teitur

of. my. Dad.

Yesterday.
was.
his.
day.

His. birthday.  [no, I did NOT forget yesterday].  They [finally] return home from their travels today.  So.  Today.  I. write. his. Birthday. post.  [I'm 99% 5% sure, he'll read it]

To My dad.


Thank you  . . . . .

 . . . .for teaching me to sweat.  To work hard.

. . . .for expecting a lot from me.  [In school, at church, on the court, in life]

. . . .for teaching me about money [at an early age].  Teaching me that nothing should be purchased on a credit card that cannot be paid off completely by the time payment is due.  To "make interest don't pay it".

. . . .for taking walk/runs with me at night.  It was awesome counting to 100 while running so that I could stop and walk at 101.

. . . .for encouraging me play with my brother.  learn with him.  being "one of the boys" when it came to sports. has. helped. me. be. stronger.

. . . .for realizing & getting that I am emotional.  I pretend I am made like a M & M, but you know me better than that.

. . . .for teaching me by your example as much as by your words.

. . . .for the athletic genes.  Sorry mom don't mean to down play your awesome rollerskating youth but . . . . come on, he is "twinkle toes".

. . . .for telling me to finish strong.  no. matter. what.  Anything worth doing is worth sprinting the last 30 seconds. [or something like that. ;) ]

. . . .for giving of your love and time supporting your grandchildren.

. . . .for loving me unconditionally.  always.  I know I have let you down [plenty] in the past. 

. . . .for teaching me how to forgive by seeing you forgive others.

. . . .for having strong opinions.

. . . .for all your forwarded emails.  [I have a feeling I'll have about 20 coming my way by tomorrow afternoon.]  your emails. have. been. missed.

. . . .for being my Dad.

Love,

The "baby".

42 comments:

Jason said...

Love
It.

Just
Pure
Awesome.

My favorite part:
for telling me to finish strong. no. matter. what. Anything worth doing is worth sprinting the last 30 seconds. [or something like that. ;) ]


Because Finish Strong!!!! is on my RoadID.

Go Dad and
Happy
Freakin'
Birthday

Jason said...

And YES #1 and #2.....

Kovas said...

Happy birthday to your dad and many more!

Rose said...

Happy birthday to your dad! He sounds awesome!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

awww, what a sweet post! Happy birthday to your Dad!

Caroline said...

Happy Birthday Daddy of THE EMZ!
must be one special guy!

He will love this post. He will be happy you listened when he tried to give you advices.. Right Dad?

Got to tell you that I thought of you Sunday during my first half Marathon. I hit the wall at mile 11and I remembered reading on your blog "nobody walk at mile 25" so at mile 12 I said the same to myself..nobody walk at freaking mile 12 and I did not walk..I crossed the finish line running. So thank you for the inspiration.

Marlene said...

I LOL'd at forwarded emails. What is it with Dads and email forwards? :) Happy Birthday Dad!

Laurie said...

Awesome. Happy (belated) birthday to your dad. :)

H Love said...

this is so sweet! i wish I had this type of relationship with my Dad. You are blessed!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! That's a great tribute that I'm sure he'll love reading. I'm always telling my youngest that he'll always be my baby no matter how old he is. Glad you've succumbed to that title.

Heather said...

Sounds like you have an awesome dad!! what a nice birthday post you wrote for him, very sweet.

Emz said...

Jen - - - baby. for. life. I am owning that. ;)

Stacey said...

That is tender! Love it!
Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That was awesome ... you're a great daughter. Happy b-day to your pops!

Sarah said...

Very sweet! Happy b-day to your dad!

Silly Girl Running said...

Love this post! :) Love it!

Happy awesome birthday to your dad! :)

Will said...

one of your best.

Silly Girl Running said...

Love this post! :) Love it. :) Happy Birthday to your dad!

Caratunk Girl said...

Happy Birthday to your dad. Such an awesome heartfelt post. I am daddy's girl so this post really felt good to me. Hugs

XLMIC said...

Crying here, 'cuz that kinda says it all, doesn't it?

He sounds like a super special dad and he sure had a super special baby :) and I'll bet you he knows that second part ;-)

Happy birthday to Dad of EMZ!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

How awesome. Sounds like a great guy. Lucky to have such a loving "baby" girl. Happy Birthday to him!

gmontalvo13 said...

sounds wonderful! i love my dad for many of the same reasons!
wish your dad would 99% read this, i think he def needs to see it!

ShutUpandRun said...

Happy Birthday to Emz's dad. He must have been something special to have you as a daughter. I know that's kind of Hallmark sounding, but true.

Angie Bee said...

Happy Birthday dad!!! I was thinking the same thing that SUAR said! So ditto that :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

what a great inspiration. My dad is the same. We ran together as well. Glad I didn't have to count to 100 though. I think mine was more like 20, haha.
LC

racing dawn said...

great dad! happy belated bday to him... :)

u r too sweet...

RockStarTri said...

You will always be his baby just as peanut will always be yours.

Emz said...

RST. Love. That.

Allie @ The Constant Pursuit said...

What a sweet post! My dad really pushes me with athletics, too. Kind of hard to tell your two-time Ironman dad that you don't want to run faster. ;)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Very sweet!

kelly4482 said...

My Dad's birthday was Saturday, your Dad sounds a lot like him. My Dad has been gone almost 17 years but I still love him as much and can hear his advice when I need it most. What a gift to have such great Dad's!

Teamarcia said...

What an awesome dad you have. Cherish him.

Aimee said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! This is an awesome post!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Emz's dad!!
Having lost my dad many years ago, these reads make me very happy that people really appreciate their dad :).

Chris K said...

Wow, a true MAN. I would explode from joy if my daughter wrote something that nice about me. Someday, when she's old. Uh, I mean older.

Johann said...

Yay dad, happy birthday! I know how you feel because my dad is also that special. We are lucky to still have them around. Treasure every moment together.

Matty O said...

Woo HOO! Its fun to think of all of the positive things instilled upon you as a child. Really takes you back.

Sporty Girl Jewelry said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. What an awesome way to honor him.

C2Iowa said...

Great
Post

Happy bday
to your dad

Christi said...

Great tribute to your dad!

Please pass on my birthday wishes!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Tell papa I said happy birthday

Cook said...

HI Sweetie,

I loved reading your blog regarding my birthday upon our return from Israel and Egypt this morning--what a nice surprise. I am the one who benefits from our close association as father and daughter. I remember the walks, runs and personal and private times together. I feel a strong desire to be the best example as a father, husband and grandfather as I can possible be but I have made many mistakes also. I have always been proud of you in all of your undertakings. You don't let any obstacle stand in your way of accomplishing your goals. Love Dad