Tuesday, October 30, 2012

feliz cumple, daddio!

Fifty-six years ago, on October 30, 1956, one of the most important people to me was born. 

1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities 
3. my dad

In every way, my dad is my hero.

i know you think that your dad might be the best, but i'm sorry. mine is!

he's the kind of dad that will drive next to you for your entire ten mile run because he wants to make sure you have water and that you make it home alright.

he's the kind of pep-talker that will convince you that you're the smartest person on campus even after having bombed a test. 

he's the kind of goof that wears a band-aid tie to his son's college graduation, just because (see the last picture).

he's the kind of nerd that loves watching the history channel, nat-geo, and shark week.

he's the kind of friend that will call just to ask how you did on a test and then to tell you what he learned on the o'reilly factor that day.

he's the kind of rebel that will steal fruit off of all of the fruit trees that he sees while vacationing in spain.

he's the kind of hard worker that will always tell you, "persistence, persistence, persistence".

he's the kind of party animal that will fall asleep during the avengers, be ready for bed by 10 pm, and mow the lawn for fun.

he's the kind of hero that works hard to be the best at what he does and has a lot of experience loving people unconditionally. i wish i could say the same about myself.

you are turning one year older today. last year was a big year for you. you welcomed me back to the united states after 18 months away, you moved back to your native idaho, started work at a new hospital, headed up a new stroke center. you welcomed new grandbabies and said goodbye to your last baby and became an empty-nester. you worked hard to get where you are and you've never stopped encouraging me to be who i can become. i love you! here's to one more year, and the years after that, and the eternities after that.

happy birthday, daddio.

con amor,
tu hijita KALBANDO

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