06/19/2006: "Have I told you lately?"
Just for the record, my dad is my favorite person on the entire planet! (did you know that papa?)...we don't live near each other anymore, I only make it home at Christmas but it's something I look forward to all year long. We go to the movies, hang out and watch TV, go for drives in the woods, and get into long discussions in which we agree on very little.
Growing up I had 4 (living) sisters, we used to take turns going out for breakfast with him on Sundays and it was my favorite thing to do. Also, we each got to take one trip with him somewhere special (I got to go to Washington DC)...My dad always made me feel like I could do or be anyone I wanted and never tried to discourage me from being an artist or moving to Alaska even when I know it made him sad that I moved so far away.
And now that I'm an adult and I have so much free time to play and paint and do whatever I want, I appreciate more than ever how much he gave up for his family. He worked hard every day and spent all of his money on us. He took all of his vacations with us...spent his weekends going to our softball games and working around the house...both my parents were incredibly selfless.
So...he's been asking me to do a particular painting for him for years and there has always been a "higher priority"...a commission, a show I was getting ready for...but tonight I realized there is no painting more important, or that I want to do more, than the one I started tonight for my papa.
I hope you love it dad and that you're as proud of me as I am of you!