Here's to Dad

By: Roxanne Blackwell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 12:33 pm

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This past weekend was a special occasion, as I walked the stage at MRU convocation and officially received my journalism degree. It was a special moment, but I think it was less important for me, and more an occasion for my parents.

Before the ceremony began, I quickly ran into the audience to find my family who had driven up from Saskatoon for the celebration. I handed my parents a pile of my things to hold, including a thank-you card. Iíve been unbelievably fortunate to have my parents support (emotionally and financially) as I tackled post secondary, and to me this day was less about my accomplishments and more about celebrating the people who got me there.

As the grads were escorted out the ceremony, I passed by my mom who was blubbering like a baby, but my tough-guy dad was also a bit misty eyed. Dads are the ones who have to stand in the corner and keep it together, and truly theyíre often the ones who keep us together too.

Dads somehow always know what to do or how to fix whatís broken. On more than one occasion when the yellow check engine light on my dashboard turned to red, I video called him from the parking lot I was broken down in, and he somehow guided me through it.

Other than my lack of vehicle skills, Dad did a pretty good job setting me up to be independent, teaching me how to be a lady while getting my hands dirty at the same time, and I have to admit there probably havenít been enough times where Iíve said thank-you.

Luckily for us thereís one day a year where weíre reminded to do just that, so take the time this Fatherís Day Sunday to say cheers to Dad, and maybe even buy him something shiny - preferably some sort of tool that will allow him to keep fixing everything in your life.


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