5 Things I’ve Learnt From My Dad

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads, Grandads, Stepdads and incredible male role models who are an amazing and supportive influence on all us young folk. I treated my Dad to a nice aftershave, a card telling him he’s the best Dad ever and just graced him with my presence this evening. But I also wanted to put down in words 5 things you’ve taught me in my 23 years, 9 months and 14 days.

  1. A cup of tea (or a glass of wine) fixes a lot of things.

Struggling to keep your eyes open in the morning? Stick the kettle on. Bad day at work? Get the wine out. Nobody makes a cuppa like you hence why I’m so quick to accept a cup when you offer to make a round. I’ve learnt the correct shade of tea from you, so thanks Papa C. Or should I say Papa Tea.

2) What it means to be a true gentleman.

You are Mum’s number one fan, pillar of strength and full time comedy entertainment. From opening doors for us, helping Mum bring the shopping in and always checking my car before a long journey – you are a true gent who knows how to look after his girls. You’re the first man I ever loved and you’ve shown me how a woman should be treated. Kudos to you Daddy.

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I wasn’t always so photogenic…

3) If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry!

Your witty one liners in times of trouble and hilarious impressions always brighten up our day. Laughter is the best medicine and I can always trust you to make the best out of a bad situation by injecting humour into everything.

4) Shit happens, but it’ll be okay.

You’ve picked yourself up during some trying times and you have passed that resilience onto me and Becca. Thanks for powering through and making us proud, you’ve create two tough cookies as a result so we can deal with whatever comes our way.

5) Just do what makes you happy.

As Mum was crying her eyes out with worry as I left the comfort of the UK to travel for 12 months, you Dad, were cool, calm and collected. Encouraging me from the start, slightly envious of all the things I was about to see, reminiscing about all the cool places you’ve been to in your years of travel on your motorbike, you passed on your sense of adventure to me. Thanks Dad for never making me feel like it was a silly decision, but rather the opposite – the best thing I’ve ever done.

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Explorer at heart

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Chief boat rower

Crack open the wine Becca got you, feel fancy in your aftershave and thanks for being the best bloody Dad in the world. Love you xxx

Tiff

xx

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