It's Father's Day Weekend!

Hello CTB! It's Father's Day Weekend so Happy Father's Day to all of our dads! I hope you guys all have a great weekend and day! My dad was great too. He had a strange sense of humor, he was a farm boy all grown up, served in Korea, was a great mechanic, worked as a foreman on the Houston Ship Channel, was a great outdoorsman, loved his bass boat and camper, had a love-hate relationship with the entire NFL, was an officer of the Fraternal Order of Elks, knew how to barbeque better than anyone in the world, was very opinionated (and loud) about every single thing---ever, taught himself how to read, was the UIL Texas State Wrestling Champ in his weight class back in the day, and above all else....supported his sons no matter what and loved our mom with all his soul. What are some things you know about your dad, big and small? Get to know your dad even more BUT don't freak him out OK. A lot can be learned through observation BUT AGAIN, don't freak him out. Don't like stalk him or anything. Don't creep him out either. Some of the best times I ever had with my dad were: 1. Sitting in a deer stand on a very cold November morning--not saying anything to each other and just being happy that we were together, 2. Same goes for fishing all of the time and 3. Watching NFL football and listening to him rant and rave about every single, little thing that was wrong with the NFL (hilarious--but you did not laugh while he was ranting-NOPE, NOPE, NOPE!) Even though he's gone now, I still love my dad. Technically he's my 3rd dad but the dad that I know and love. He's the man that adopted me and looked at me as his very own. He also taught me how to tie my shoes, talked to me about girls and how to treat and respect them, taught me how to work hard with everything I attempted, made me practice my trombone-especially if he was renting that "stupid brass thing", taught me how to stand up for myself even when it was hard, and taught me to accept responsibility for my every action and decision. However...I remember the funniest, strangest and most serious thing of my entire life when it came to dad. It's when he sat his three sons down together for a conversation without us knowing what it was all about (when we were 14, 13 and 7 years old). The conversation started rather sternly with and I quote: "If you boys ever get ARRESTED any time NOW or the rest of your lives, I will not bail you out. Is that clear boys?" And...let the crying and questions begin....ummmmm yes sir. Are we in trouble? What does arrested mean? What does bail you out mean? Are we going to jail? What did we do? Are the police coming right now? Did something bad happen? Where's mom?! Wow! My baby bro, who was 7 at the time, just knew we were all going to jail and cried and cried and cried. The confessions that we were making must have been priceless to dad. I confessed that I took my middle brother's GI Joes away from him because he didn't need them anymore. In retaliation, my middle brother confessed that he had given my hamster to our dog (the hamster did not survive) and my baby bro confessed that he was sneaking into our bedrooms and playing with our model kit cars when we weren't there. Wow! Was this dad's plan? Don't know but it was like super confession day that afternoon. Just too funny. Hold on to your dads. Your dads are amazing! H


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