Whether you have a dad in your life or not, most of us have had a father-figure, from time-to-time, that has left a lasting impression on us. They took the time to teach us important life lessons or skills that we admire. Each of us is different in that we need different things from people and, in particular, parental figures. A good number of my best friends growing up, for various reasons, did not have dads.
When I think of my dad the first thing that comes to mind is his sense of humor. He could always make me laugh and a part of me wants to have that same affect on those around me. I remember especially the times when he would surprise us, in a good way, with his undivided attention and play with us. Like the times he would get down on the floor and wrestle with us. Or pretend that his massive hands were hungry monsters that desired nothing more than to tickle and annoy you. I loved that! As my brother and I grew older, his playfulness was less physical but manifested itself into more verbal forms (i.e. teasing). I find that I do the same thing to my own kids. I also remember the times he would take me on hikes and taught me to slow down and enjoy nature and to marvel at its beauty.
So let me ask you, in what way(s) did the father-figure in your life leave a lasting impression on you?
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