Thank you, Dad, for…
… naming me Chelsey with a y. Yes, everyone misspells it, but it really is prettier! Especially when I get fancy with the y.
… teaching me to drop ’em like a rock. To be fair, I haven’t really had to test it out on any men yet, but at least I know what to do in a tricky scenario!
… dragging me out of the house on every. single. Christmas. Eve. to help you with last-minute shopping, but now I can appreciate the time together. Kinda…
… showing me how to shoot clay targets. Not only can I protect myself, but I can also impress all the fellas.
… not telling me to get my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn to help you on the farm like you did with Josh and Justin. I got plenty of beauty sleep by staying under those snug covers!
… not making me ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney, even though the attendant said he would buy me ice cream if I did. While I’m sorry you had to go by yourself, at least I got a funny story out of it.
… telling me how to add oil to my car, check the tire pressure and look for air leaks, as well as prepping me on what to say to mechanics so they don’t take advantage of my ignorance.
… having no gray hairs until you were in your 50s. I’m still holding out hope I’ll get those genes.
… allowing me me to drive your truck in high school. Nowadays, all I want is a jacked-up truck to run over whatever I want and not worry about the damage. I don’t guess now is the time to tell you I may have hit a few bumps and curbs when you had expensive equipment in the bed during that time frame? Love you!
… your work ethic and pushing me to be the same way. Growing up, I hated having to spend my summers working at Pawpaw’s store. Now, now, I savor that time and those memories with him and Aunt Love. Not to mention, I learned skills at the cash register and in the deli that helped me in future jobs.
… being hard-headed, funny, a great storyteller, there when I needed you this past year, an FBI agent whenever I bring a guy around and a grandpa to my fur baby.
I would not be who I am or where I am without your guidance. And I most definitely would not have made it this far in life without you! And Mom, of course.
Thank you, Dad!