On the Write Track

A thank you to my dad not on one dayn but everyday.

Sometimes they can get overlooked.

Sometimes they do most of the behind the scenes things that may or may not be recognized.

They are always there, but can be quiet and not really want to be recognized for the things they do, just because they love you. Their one special day came along even after Mother’s Day had already been established but they didn’t seem to mind.

This Sunday, fathers around the country will have their special day. It might just be one day, but fathers do so much for their children each and every day that might not get attention.

It seems as though the mothers get the spotlight a little more most of the time rather than the fathers. They don’t seem to mind, although they are just as important in the family.

I am one daughter who is proud of my dad and all he did and has continued to do for me in my life.

I could never write every single thing he has done for me and my brother, but I am thankful for them all.

Dad always sacrificed his time to spend with our family when he did not have to work, and we were all glad when he did have time to spend with us.

He took special interest in our sporting events in high school and helped coach my brother’s football team. I could never forget how he would always cheer me on during all my softball and volleyball games. He always gave me the best advice as to how to play the softball positions I played and would offer advice to my brother on the football field.

You always get different traits from both your mother and father, but I got my love of sports from my dad. He taught me so much about not only sports but life and sportsmanship. It was always important to keep a good attitude, win or lose and he taught me that many years ago. This value has been a part of my life since that time.       

As mentioned in a previous column, he also gave me my love for fishing. It has never really mattered if I caught anything on the trips or not, I’ll always be thankful he took me fishing for the first time when I was younger. I am still learning how to have some patience in life in general, but when I go fishing that’s the only time I am able to be patient and I thank dad for that one.

Dad has always been there, through good and bad times. While mom would help console us at times, dad would always offer a word of encouragement when we needed it.

When you think of cooking, the first thoughts seem to drift more towards mom, but my dad is a great cook as well. Most dads enjoy grilling and mine is no exception. I have always enjoyed his steaks on the grill and he always knows mine has to be well done or it’s back to the fire it goes. The funny thing is that he cooked them so well that I don’t usually order steaks out in a restaurant. I prefer Chef Gene’s steaks, his has always been my favorite.

As everyone recognizes their fathers this Sunday, I would like to also recognize mine. Thank you, dad, for all that you have done for our family. Whether you were a coach or a cook, it was all appreciated. Happy Father’s Day to Gene DuRant and all of the fathers. You all make a difference in the lives of your children.