My mom had called me about a month ago, wanting to get ideas for birthday presents, but none of us had been able to think of anything. We wanted something big and wonderful and amazing. I mean, 60 is a big deal. And my dad is very awesome. But none of us had any strokes of genius.
When I told Ashley it was his birthday and we still needed a present, she said, "Get him a steak. That's what I did." And then I told her it was his 60th, and she said, "Get him 60 steaks?"
With no better ideas, Emily and I headed home, stopping at a grocery store to pick up steak, potatoes, asparagus and beer. We stuck a ribbon on the six pack and rang the doorbell.
I wish I had thought of something amazing to give my dad for this birthday, because he is so deserving.
My dad checks my oil and my windshield wiper fluid and my tire pressure every time I'm home. He has patiently tried to teach my all of these skills to no avail.
He cleans my room before I come home and makes sure the heat or A/C is turned on and that I have blankets.
He sends me a text to celebrate every Friday, and he is my favorite person to text about pretty much anything.
|When it was almost Thanksgiving break|
|When I signed up for my half|
|When I was terrified because I was taking 26 students |
on an overnight, out-of-state trip
My dad has worked so hard at every job he's ever had, even though he's had some miserable jobs, because he loves us and wants to support our family.
My dad deserves the best birthday in the world. He deserves all the presents we could think of and all the presents we didn't think of. He deserves a much better post than this (like the one I wrote last year).
My dad told my mom that me and Emily coming home for his birthday was the best present he could have ever gotten.
And if that doesn't tell you what kind of person he is -- if that doesn't show just how much he deserves the happiest of birthdays... well. I don't know what else to say. Because those are the words of a man who loves his family. And we most definitely love him back.
Happy birthday, Wolf.