I love you so much and wish you were 800 miles closer so I could give you a hug, smell your cologne, listen to you sing, and go speed walking with you. I love you daddy.
Reasons why I love my dad:
1) I love to hear him sing with his favorite two ladies, Helen Reddy and Karen Carpenter 2) He loves to fold laundry and watch beauty pageants at the same time. 3) His normal walk is a run (and this is on really short legs). 4) He wears funny ties no one else would ever wear. 5) He volunteers to be school lunch monitor. 6) He thinks leading the music while driving is normal. 7)Swimming pools are to be observed, not participated in. 8)He thinks a good car freshener is one you purchase in the bathroom freshener aile at the grocery store. 9) A porcelein throne should always come complete with an Ensign Magazine and be utilized for up to an hour after work daily. 10) Being a Bishop means giving approximately 45 funerals talks within 5 years. 11) Singing Kenny Rogers songs with his cassette player while weeding in the yard is a normal Saturday activity. 12) Only needing to sleep till 4 am is good for your health. 13) The zucchini, egg, and corn dish must be a staple at all summer meals. 14) Driving 800 miles a day on family vacations while singing “Where is Heaven?” acapella with the family is a normal thing. 15) Having one arm sunburned after driving 800 miles through the desert is a normal thing. 16) Losing you bug-eyed glasses occurs weekly. 17) When one goes to Bear Lake, you require at least 6 hours of napping daily. 18) He never hit me. 19) He could scare me with his angry look (and scared nearly every child and adult in the neighborhood with that look…..plus, he’s mexican). 20) Conference Weekend in October meant homemade cheescake and dad’s overlooked birthday. 21) All major birthdays, accomplishments, holidays, must be spent at Mi Ranchitos! (Water only for the drink and please order in Spanish!). 22) Before dad is released as a Bishop he is going to call himself to the Primary as the Primary Chorister! 23) He can’t throw, jump, hit, or dribble, but will cheer, yell, sit and support you at every event you participate in. (Although I faintly remember my dad was a pretty good softball player!) 24) Daddy Easter Bunny comes two weeks late with Easter Baskets because they are a really good deal! (and get confused as requests for PROM) 25) Christmas morning meant keeping your mouth shut while you watch how your wife went crazy shopping. 26) Hot Tang is a magical medicine that cures most illnesses. 27) He always tells me he loves me and still calls me to check in on how I am doing. 28) His childhood and family life were far from ideal, if not downright depressing, but he has always remained positive and never let it hold him back from his dreams. 29) He has an unwavering testimony of the gospel. 30) Walking in on my dad praying on his knees at night was not uncommon. 31) His standards are high and he expects the same from his kids. 32) He loves me and shows me that with his actions.