B and I got together with my parents and my grandmother to celebrate with a picnic on a local hill that overlooks the nearby mountain ranges. Absolutely gorgeous. What is even better is the man we celebrated today. My dad has always been my hero, even though I haven’t always thought about it that way. He has taught me how to be strong in my convictions, not be afraid to go against popular belief, and hold my own when it comes to getting quality service, especially when it comes to cars. Yes, I am a girl, and no, that doesn’t mean I should be taken advantage of because I supposedly know nothing about cars. During wedding planning, he wanted to be a part of anything I asked of him, and he always made sure that B had a say in the decisions we were making (he always did).The man made dozens of crepes at my bridal shower. He has tried hard to understand field hockey and all of its rules and whistles. He let my sister and I put his hair in pigtails. He wrestled with us and didn’t back down just because “we were girls.” He fixed our Barbies by making them wooden prosthetic arms, and when prosthetic parts didn’t work, he made them wheelchairs. He’s been on our side, and while we didn’t always see eye to eye on topics, we can agree to disagree.He’s the best dad, and I am so lucky to have him as my dad. Happy birthday, Dad! Here’s to another 52 years! I love you!