Happy Birthday, Dad!

Well… I had a different topic planned for today but the pictures for the post are MIA so we’re changing it up.

Since today is my dad’s birthday and we’re remarkably similar, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite traits that I got from him which I hope to pass down to my kid.

I’m not kidding when I say my dad and I are similar. His name is Kenny and he shares that name with his father so K calls my dad KJ or Kenny Jr. (usually just to me). When I act like my dad, K calls me KJJ. Before we knew if this baby was a boy or girl, K gave it the nickname KJJJ. I kid you not, that’s what she’s called in our pregnancy app. Lol

My dad and I think similarly, learn similarly, argue discuss politics with each other similarly. We carry our own burdens and the burdens of others similarly. We mostly have the same humor & sometimes we say the same thing at the same time. We often spill food on our shirts in the same place. Lol.

You get the point. It’s no wonder I adopted these ideals and characteristics from him.

Pets are our family.
When I was born we had a family dog. Since then my parents have welcomed two more dogs (plus Ly when I lived at home), two rabbits, and five cats. Bristol & Enzo are always welcome at their house. Dad’s also rescued a baby owl, squirrel, and rabbit. Additionally, unless the animal is dangerous or threatening our pets, he traps and releases pests because he knows I value that. My dad felt Lylee’s loss so deeply- damn near as badly as K and I.

Girls can do anything.
I have a little brother. I could have easily been dismissed when he was born. Instead, my dad bought us both four wheelers. He gave us both shooting lessons. He took me camping and trucking. He took me fishing and he’d have taken me hunting if I hadn’t turned him down, lol. I’d give him credit for teaching me to drive stick but that was actually my mom 😉

Forming your own opinions is important & changing your mind isn’t a weakness.
Years ago a friend told me about how her dad’s word was law in their house and she wasn’t allowed to disagree or argue about anything. Another person in the conversation nodded her head in agreement and shared similar stories. Even as adults, they were expected to curb their thoughts and opinions. I can’t relate to that. My parents have never told me how to feel about anything. And if you’ve spent a decent amount of time with my dad and I, you’ve probably heard us discuss/argue politics. I know he takes pride in the brain in my head- even when it believes differently than his. And I’m really proud of my dad because I think he’s changed some of his opinions and beliefs because of things we’ve discussed.

Working hard and breaking your back doesn’t entitle you to a damn thing.
I think my dad might be the least entitled person I know. He went to college, graduated, and jumped into the family business as a truck driver. When the family retired the business, my dad continued to drive independently. His industry is dying and his week-to-week looks different but he doesn’t quit and he doesn’t complain about the unknown. Don’t get me wrong, he does complain about other things but I have never heard my dad complain about being owed anything.
*I actually don’t have this characteristic. Hopefully my kid does.

I can credit my love of history and learning to my dad, too. On top of these things, I hope my daughter enjoys watching old westerns with him and riding along in his semi truck just like I did. My dad is one of my favorite people- and I’m sure it has nothing to do with how similar we are 😉

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dad!

  1. Happy Birthday the first man in your life!!!
    I have to say, i was reading this with tears in my eyes. It truly is a blessing to have an incredible father in a daughters life … knowing it & appreciate it is a gift.

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    • Thank you, Rebecca Jo. I agree. A girl’s bond with her dad is so special. I’m so glad that is something you had, too. Even from a heavenly distance you’ve got that strong bond and I know he’s so, so proud of you and how you live your life!

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  2. This is wonderful. I’m glad you have such an awesome dad. And he will be an equally awesome granddad I’m sure.

    My dad always brought my sister and I up to believe that we could do anything. He was the first person I ever heard describe himself as a feminist, before I even knew what a feminist was. And he taught me to reuse carrier bags and save bottles for recycling when nobody else even thought about those things.

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    • I think so, too! I’m excited to watch him become a grandpa! He’s going to be great!

      I think my dad would cringe if I called him a feminist (sigh- it’s the republican in him, lol) but he most definitely is.

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  3. Happy birthday to your incredible dad!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing guy, and he’s lucky to have such a strong daughter. I can really relate to this because I look like my dad (though when people tell me this, I pretend to be offended and usually say “but MY hairline isn’t receding!”) and thankfully got some of his good traits (and a few of his more meticulous quirky ones, too, let’s be real…hahah).

    Hoping lil baby KJJJ gets all these good things from you & K too 🙂

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    • Thanks, Julie 🙂 I think there’s something special about sharing looks and traits with your dad. We have similar physical features, too. Haha. I definitely got some quirky traits as well.

      If nothing else I think KJJJ will get a lovely dose of stubbornness. I don’t know how she couldn’t with K and I as parents. Hahaha!

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