I had originally intended to post something about my dad this past weekend, nearer to Father's Day. And then I got busy and spent the weekend running (driving) all over central Texas. So, without further ado, here is a list of things that make my dad awesome:
1. He had a not very awesome father and instead of following that example he did the opposite and became a very very awesome father
2. He lives in a house dominated by three girls (four if you count the dog) and will absolutely always run out at any time of the day or night to buy us lady products. With nary a peep or complaint.
3. He would do absolutely anything for those three girls. He watched Bridget Jones's Diary with me when I was recovering from surgery. Not only that, he watched willingly.
4. He absolutely loves text messages. This is one of the cutest things ever. He loves the sound of his message alert so much that he sometimes sings it. I send him random texts all the time because I know he loves getting them. He always responds. And he was very willing and patient when I taught him T9 texting.
5. Even though I know he disapproved, he would always stop and buy me a Diet Coke when I had a caffeine craving. One time he accidentally got caffeine-free Diet Coke and he actually went back out and got me a caffeine-full Diet Coke to replace it.
6. He is the epitome of an absentminded professor. He loves teaching, is very good at it, and is really involved with his students. He is also disorganized and rather, well, absentminded. He forgets directions to places we've been numerous times. He doesn't notice things that I think are glaringly obvious. He is always forgetting people's names and/or calling them the wrong one. BUT he puts up with a lot of teasing for these things by people who are not as gracious about acknowledging their own faults.
7. He wholeheartedly supports the decisions I have made for myself. Go to college, do well in school, get a responsible job, go to grad school in what happens to be his field. He also wholeheartedly supports the decisions my sister has made for herself. Go to college, drop out, become a waitress, live with your boyfriend, find yourself. He does not judge.
8. We all pitched in and got him an iPod for Father's Day last year. He still raves about it and thanks us for it, a year later. And he genuinely means it.