This will certainly be a different way to honor my father, but it will be the best way I can express my appreciation for him!
I was raised in a God-fearing home, we went to church every time the door was open, ate dinner together at the table (sometimes I stayed at the table much longer than the rest of the family because I wouldn’t eat my veggies) we went on camping trips, and so many more amazing experiences.
My dad taught me how to change a tire, change the oil on my car, how to fish (I still don’t touch the worm…or the fish) he taught me how to play video games and helped me with my math homework (I hate math still) he even did (i mean helped lol) my science projects. Science projects are his favorite thing to do…I’m pretty sure he did all of his children’s every year! Even though these things are all amazing and they provide some great memories, the thing Im most grateful for is not listed. I am most grateful for the times he punished me for disobeying, lying, stealing, etc.
There is a very memorable times he punished me that has stuck with me forever. I stole a jolly rancher from 7-11. After we payed for the gas (and after I pocketed the candy) I got into the car while he pumped the gas. I jumped into the backseat thinking i could hurry up and eat the cherry jolly rancher before he got back in to the car. Fool proof plan….except is was CINNAMON! My mouth was on fire, I was already dedicated to my crime so I had to finish and in a hurry. When he got back in the car he immediately smelled it and asked me what I was doing. I was hiding on the floor in the backseat with the jolly rancher stuck in my teeth making it hard to talk and i was dying of thirst from the heat. He said, “WHAT DID YOU DO? GET OUT OF THE CAR”. He had me spit the jolly rancher out, place it back in the wrapper and made me walk into the store to tell on myself. ~sigh~ with my head held low, I walked in and told the manager what I did and walked back out to the car. It was longest and saddest walk in my life!!!! He had taught me a lesson in honesty, broke my pride and displayed love all at the same time. I didn’t like it much then but I definitely appreciate it today!
Thank you dad! I love you!