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My Dad

I think I’m very lucky to be an adult male who does not have an adversarial relationship with my father. It seems like there are many men in their 20s and 30s who feel at odds with their fathers for a variety of reasons, and I’ve never been in that situation. Sure, there was that period during my senior year of high school when I was 16-17 and a total asshole, but that’s just part of adolescence. Other than that brief period of my life, it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

While I know that I am very strongly my mother’s child – I have her brain, her ability to manipulate, her sense of humor, her worldview – my father made some extremely valuable contributions. I’ve learned to be stubborn when necessary, to fight for what’s right, to work hard, and to try to do things that I don’t know if I can do. But most importantly, I can thank him for setting an amazing example when it comes to treating women with respect and love, and for demonstrating the power of a fierce sense of loyalty and devotion.

I usually wouldn’t write a post like this for a family member’s birthday, but I know that my dad reads my blog sometimes. He’s never told me that he does, and I know that he finds it offensive and horrifying and horrible and unnecessary, but he still reads it as his way of keeping up on my life. And that small action speaks volumes.

Happy birthday, Dad.

Daddio
No, he’s not blind. Just cool.

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58 Replies to “My Dad”

  1. BlondeBlogger

    Awww! Happy birthday, Avitable, Sr! (No naked birthday pics for your dad?) That was a sweet post. From someone who has no relationship with her real father (and prefers it that way), I envy you. ROFL @ him not being blind!

  2. ZZ

    What a handsome man he is!

    Now go out and get yourself some big black frames
    With the glass so dark thay wont even know your name
    And the choice is up to you cause they come in two classes:
    Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses
    Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

    Happy Birthday Mr. Avitable!

    ~ZZtop (HA! I sooo crack myself up!) :lmao:

  3. whall

    Happy bday to Dadam.

    I’m pretty close to both my parents and have been all my life. I’ve been really blessed to have great relationships with great parents.

    About the worst thing I ever did in his eyes, and he thought it one of the most vile, embarrasing and horrible things a human being can do is… I can hardly say it…

    It was reading and commenting on this blog.

    There, I said it. I feel cleaner somehow.

    Ha pee berth dame mist scarab itty bull! We’ll owe view sew mulch!

  4. Y2K Survivor

    You know, he looks like he would have a much cooler blog than yours. Plus think of all the posts he could make of life with a demon child. Yeah, he could be the next He-Dooce. You should encourage him dude!

    (running away in fear after the Dooce reference)

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