Unfortunately, tomorrow is the four year anniversary of my dad’s passing. My sister and I have dubbed it “The Suckiest Day of the Year.” I can scarcely believe it’s been that long and yet it still feels like only yesterday I was eating Mexican food with him and my stepmom the week after St Patty’s Day.

I write a post about losing him every year just as a reminder to you all, and to myself, to tell your friends and family how much you love them. You never know when you’ll have the opportunity again.

In today’s Thankful Thursday I want to say thank you to all of the parents out there. I don’t want to make anyone sad today and I just want to show my appreciation for the wonderful parents I was blessed with.

I am so fortunate to have a mom who I know would do anything for me. Hell, she’s taken me to and from the airport so many times and everyone knows how much it sucks being the airport taxi. She also always buys me what I want for Christmas and birthdays. She makes it a point to get me specifically what I want. I know sometimes people just buy stuff at random, but her gifts are always spot on. And even though I usually roll my eyes at her off color jokes, I usually do find them pretty funny. Plus, who else’s mom would pick them up at a bar at 3 AM any night of the week without even batting an eye? She is the person who taught me the most about being strong and self sufficient. She also had the extremely difficult task of telling my sister and I that our dad passed. I can only imagine how hard that was for her. Thank you Mom. I love you.
In addition to my kick ass mom, I’ve got the world’s best stepmom. She’s so awesome in fact, that Caribbean Steve met her and gave her that nickname. I’ve often seen the “wicked stepmom” thing played out in numerous TV shows and movies and it’s just not the case with me. She and my dad married when I was little and she’s been such a huge part of my life that I hate to use the term stepmom because of the negative connotation it sometimes carries. She’s more a friend to me and I can turn to her when I am missing my dad because I know she is too. Thank you Jackie. I love you.
And as for my dad, well he was the archetypal father. He was smart and funny, strong and wise, and could whistle like nobody’s business. I’m pretty sure that whistling thing is a pre-requisite for fatherhood. I get my passion (mine for running and his for motorcycles) and competitiveness from him. I also got his sensitivity and dry sense of humor. I miss him everyday and I know how much he loved me. Thank you Dad. I love you.
Thus today, I am thankful for parents. None of us would be here without them and it’s so important to let them know how much you appreciate them. If I ever have children I can only hope to be as good a parent as mine have been to me.

So what are you thankful for today?