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My Dad, My Hero

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I’m going to be completely cliche. But you know what? I don’t care, because it’s entirely true: my dad’s a superhero. He’s a gem– one-of-a-kind. Get comfy, because you’re going to meet my dad!

When my sisters and I ask Dad to do something, I don’t think he’s ever said no. I don’t mean to say that we’re spoiled or that we always get our way. But I don’t think my dad has ever turned down a chance to see us do something or participate with us in something. Dance recitals? My dad was there. Musicals (even when my sisters and I were just in the background dancers)? He attended every showing.  Little League and soccer games? The only time he missed one was when he was in the hospital with kidney stones. (Of course, that was the day my middle sister hit a home-run. She gave him the game ball.) He played Pretty, Pretty Princess with us and Candy Lane (until he and my mom had to ban it from our house).  I think Dad might be the only guy in America who has seen 13 Going on 30 or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days as many times as he has. He was our steadfast, dependable field trip chaperone and field day supporter. Dad attended both of my bridal showers where he was– like he is at any important function– attached to his video camera.

He taught my sisters and I how to throw and catch baseballs and we spent hours in the backyard catching fly balls and trying to predict which way grounders would bounce. He put up our temporary pool every year at the beginning of summer and then floated in it with us for hours. He wrote rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt for our Valentine’s Day presents. (Spoiler alert: Mine always ended up in our creepy basement.) He taught us how to use a scroll saw and a drill. Every Christmas he– I mean, Santa’s Elves– makes a Christmas ornament that ends up in our stockings. (If our apartment burnt down, my box of ornaments would be one of the things I would save. No question.)

And let’s not forget the profound impact Dad had on my love of football and Penn State. Dad took me on Daddy-Daughter dates to Penn State football games starting when I was in kindergarten where he treated me to Joegies (yes, that’s a hoagie named in coaching legend, Joe Paterno’s honor) and large sodas or hot chocolates. He taught me that great fans don’t boo the other team and they stay– they ALWAYS stay– until the end of the game, no matter how badly their team is losing. He taught me to always watch the marching band’s half-time show and helped to instill my love of band and music.

This post doesn’t do justice to all of the amazing things my dad has done over the years– no post, essay, or gift could ever do that. I am so thankful for him and for his guidance and love over the years.

I can’t tell you what my present for Dad is for Father’s Day yet. Sorry– but he reads the blog! But I will tell you, I’m entering Oral-B’s sweepstakes by showcasing my favorite pictures of my dad. And you can too!

To enter Target’s Power Dad’s Smile Everyday Sweepstakes, just post a picture of you and your Dad on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #oralbsweeps. That’s it! There are over $1,000 in prizes up for grabs– including Oral-B products and a $250 Target gift card! (And wouldn’t your dad love Oral-B’s Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush and the Braun Series 7 760 shaver? I won’t tell if you keep the gift card for yourself…)

And here’s a little bit more about what you could win:

  • The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 removes up to 5-times more gumline plaque than a manual toothbrush. The limited edition at Target also includes a sweet travel case and a bonus Deep Sweep brush head. (And remember, Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush worldwide.)
  • The Braun Series 7 760 shaver is the most innovative shaver yet from Braun– that means a closer and more hygienic shave than ever before. (Feeling so fresh and so clean, clean is nice, right?)
  • The Braun Series 3 390 now has an improved Triple Action FreeFoil which means a better shave while keeping skin smooth and protected. And it’s design is swanky, too.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 


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