Behold, the Power of Dad on Father’s Day

17 Jun

With Father’s Day upon us, I want to take a few minutes to think about how my Dad makes me smile.  I vividly remember the good ‘ole days as a child with my Dad.  He was [and is] an outdoorsy adventurous soul that loves his kids to the moon.  He was never too busy to play with us or teach us a new skill that would inevitably serve us well in our lives. He took the time to be there wholeheartedly and to really empower us as children.

Dad and Me at the cemetary

My siblings and I always knew that we could do anything or become anyone that we wanted to if we just believed and did it.  Even as a young girl, I recall thinking how wonderful my Dad was and how I hoped that my husband would be a good man, just like him.

My Dad has a very straightforward attitude about life in general and was more of a hard worker than goofing off sort of guy, but there was one skill that kept all of us smiling from ear to ear.  My Dad [drum roll please]…
…can wiggle his ears back and forth with little to no effort on his part.  He doesn’t need to touch them or prepare in anyway.  He just does it.

As a kid, my sister and I thought this was the most remarkable trick on the planet.  If I had $1.00 for every time we had him present this sideshow trick, I’d be a rich lady.  My poor father was presented to our friends and classmates at every opportunity to show his amazing feat, and to his credit, he performed each and every time.

Dad on snowmobile in New York

We would SMILE and laugh until our sides hurt.  I sit here right now, as a grown woman, giggling to myself thinking about it.  He was the cool Dad growing up.  He will forever be the cool Dad.  My Dad.

In case you’re wondering if my Dad got to retire his bag of tricks as his children aged, no fears.  Quite possibly one of the main reasons I had children, was so that my Dad had to continue his legacy of ear wiggling.

Can any of the kids or grandchildren do this trick?  Not yet…but that’s never stopped us from trying.

How does your Dad make you smile?

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

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