I'm getting out another "Sunday Thanks" late...it seems like I had more time during the school year than I've had during the summer! But, I didn't want to miss this edition because who I'm thankful for this week is really important: my Dad.
My dad has always been someone I look up to, and I'm sure quite a few of my personality traits come from him. We've never really had the "daddy and his little girl" relationship--that dynamic came much more naturally to my sister and him. I used to resent that; I wanted to be his little girl, his princess. But as I've gotten older, I've realized that that sort of relationship wouldn't have been authentic--I'm not that type and he wasn't going to push me into that role.
I don't want to speak for my dad, but I think it was probably difficult for him to figure me out when I was younger. I was moody and hard-headed and sometimes just plain mean. I've always wanted to be my own person and prove that I am strong and smart. I wasn't sure that my dad understood that, but in the past several years I've watched him and I grow in our own ways and our relationship has blossomed into one of mutual respect and friendship. I don't just love my dad because he's my dad, I like him because he's a smart, funny, charming guy who I enjoy spending time with.