My Dad - The Snoring Bear

I have yet to meet another dad that's as weird and quirky as mine. Yes, I've seen television shows about the embarrassing things dads do, the mistakes they make, the hilarious ways they try to show their kids how cool they are, and yet still, I have yet to see anyone that comes anywhere near as weird as mine.

As Father's Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on all the random things that make my dad funny, the memories I have with him growing up, and the reasons why I am thankful he's my pops.

1. It was all girls in our family growing up. Which means that my dad taught my sisters and me how to check the oil in our own car, fix a broken toilet, and instead of whining, roll our sleeves up and exercise some MacGyver skills whenever anything ever broke around the house. And then if that didn't work, call Dad.

2. One time my dad thought it would be funny to pick me up and swing me around playfully as if I were 5 years old again. The only problem with that was that I was 14, in junior high school, and it was in front of the boy I had a crush on.

3. When I was little, my dad would sometimes be tasked with putting my sister and me down for our afternoon nap. This was awesome for us kids because my dad would always end up falling asleep, while my sister and I would hop out of our beds to run off and continue playing with our toys. I remember thinking that my dad reminded me of a snoring bear.

4. Dad loves ice cream. Which is fine except when you're enjoying a bowl of it yourself and he comes wandering over to ask for a little bite of yours. Consider half the bowl gone, people.

5. On the flip side of that whole ice cream deal, Dad always let us kids pick off his plate to share in whatever he was eating, too. Always.

6. No matter how much we were in trouble with Dad coming home, he never failed to ask "Are you hungry? Go and eat your dinner."

7. Dad came to the U.S. when he was in his early/mid-twenties. His first job? Washing dishes and making a life here in the States. Most guys I know at that age barely knew how to stand on their own two feet.

8.It's hard for Dad to ask for anything for himself. Simply because he wants your choice to come first.

Happy early Father's Day to my dad and all the other dad's out there!