I was supposed to write about why I won’t give up on writing and publishing today, but then I decided I wanted to celebrate Father’s Day instead (because it’s an important holiday for me.) However, I will be posting “Why I Won’t Give Up” on Tuesday, so look out for that.
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in the early 20th century, and since then it’s become a successful world wide phenomenon. I think this is a beautiful thing, because it shows how much people care for their family while dedicating an ENTIRE day to be grateful for their fathers, grandfathers, and other people in general. I know plenty of people who celebrate Father’s Day with uncles, friends, or any type of father figure.
So what am I doing to celebrate Father’s Day?
I’m spending time with my dad–Robert Thompson–and I simply wanted to share how amazing this man is and how proud I am to have him as my dad.
My dad is really adventurous and outgoing.
He’s taught me to try new things while also showing an appreciation for nature and traveling. We try to take a trip together every year, and it’s one of my favorite things to do, because I love spending time with my dad. The photo on the left is one of his favorite pastimes: archery. The photo on the right is something he also loves: white water rafting. Fun fact: the company he rafted with use his picture as a promotional photo. My dad is fearless, and I really look up to him for his strength and confidence.
He’s Taught Me Beyond What I Thought I’d Know
When I was little, my dad taught me gymnastics (he used to play football, rugby, soccer, and gymnastics when he was in high school.) As I got older, I wanted to write, and my dad supported me despite not being a huge reader. On top of that, he didn’t only teach me stereotypical things “girls” should know. He taught me how to hunt, fish, and even drive a stick (which I still do today!) So the photo below is from the day he surprised me with my manual car and taught me how to drive it in April of 2010.
Thank you, Dad–for being such a great father.
My dad also raised my brother and I single-handedly since our mother–and his wife–died, so he had to take on the mother role throughout my teenage years, which I find very astounding, because he was strong, and he showed me how to strive to live with happiness even in the most difficult times.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Feel free to share your story below, and don’t hesitate if the person you are celebrating isn’t the stereotypical father. (Meaning: I celebrate Mother’s Day with my father. I have friends who consider their close friends their father.) Father’s Day is for anyone who can stand in that place and bring direction and happiness to a person’s life–young, old, woman, man, etc. And I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day!
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