More Annoyed than Amused

Things You Wouldn’t Know

Posted by parsingtime on December 3, 2009

This man just joined Facebook.  The world as I know it has come to end.

You might look at this photo and think this man was allowed to have kids? Look at the shorts, socks and hat? And what is he doing with a boombox and a clipboard?

It’s the things that you wouldn’t know from this photo that would surprise you about the man in the daisy dukes. Like he dropped out of school at 16 so that he could put his younger brother through University. Or that he used to super glue old cut out tires to his shoes so that he would have soles. Or that for the first 8 months of my life he sang me to sleep until he decided he was tired of having to do it every night so one night he stopped and I cried for three hours. That he rarely spanked but his favorite punishment was making us bend over and touch our toes (trust me it hurts after a minute or two when you keep your legs straight). He cried when both his kids graduated from college and grad school.  He knows how to give a great speech. If he had another life he would have liked to be in politics. He speaks Swahili and picks up languages easily.  He runs multi-million dollar projects. He loves golf with a passion. He came to every important school event, even if it meant driving all night from a power plant in Alabama to be there.  He has the messiest work desk you could ever imagine but knows exactly where to find the schematic you want. Dogs and kids love him.  He is not embarrassed to say I love you at the end of a phone conversation even if he is front of his co-workers. He is the least dorky engineer I know. He was bald when my mom married him.

He is by no means perfect (his fashion sense to this day could use some work and when he and I disagree it is with the kind of vehemence that we reserve for Rush Limbaugh ) but he is a pretty awesome dad.


2 Responses to “Things You Wouldn’t Know”

  1. Car said

    Welcome to the club. Now wait till they start “friend-ing” your friends.
    Although, I’m very touched by the amount of admiration and respect you have for your father. Yay for awesome dads!

  2. Emilia said

    Your dad is great!

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