It's never been one special thing that my father has done but all the special things he has gone out of his way to do. He has worked days on end in dirty dead end jobs just to put food on the table. I'm sure there were times when he went hungry just to feed us. After working a full day he would come home and spend hours playing with me when I was little. My dad is always quiet and understanding where others would have lost their temper.
The one memory that I will always treasure of my father is the 44 mile canoe trip we took down the Current River when I was a teenager. Being more concerened about my boyfriend than spending time with my dad he insisted I go. We spent the first night in hammocks and the second night in a cave, he pointed out countless sites and animals, and went to great pains to make sure I had a good time.
Even so it seems we often remember Mom's birthday or Mother's day more often but if it wasn't for my father I wouldn't be the person I am today. I love my father dearly and dread the day when he is gone from us. He has given my two brothers and I the world and more; he's there for us every day. I am happy to say that he is as wonderful of a grandfather to my two daughters as he was a father to me.
Even though I am now 23 I'll always be Daddy's little girl.
I love you Daddy!!!