There are several happy, bright moments that stand out in my mind when I think about our wedding day. Three of those moments involve my dad.
1. Our walk down the aisle/hill and I how I was so excited I was practically jogging. But he insisted that I slow down and enjoy the moment.
2. Andrew and I walked into the reception to find that my dad had taken the mic from the DJ in order to do the honors of introducing us to the crowd. I grinned so hard and thought, “That’s such a Clyde thing to do.” I loved it.
3. Our dance to Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection”. It was the perfect song for us two and the hall lit up with laughter as they recognized the opening notes.
It takes a special person to choose marry into a family with teenagers, let alone want to adopt them. I was sixteen and already fiercely against the idea of having men in my life; he gently and unwaveringly took on my seething disdain. Now twenty-four, I’m often joking and pointing out the traits that I “must’ve gotten from Dad” despite the blatant impossibility. We are the quiet ones at the table — skillfully stirring the pot and sneaking shared rolled eyes when someone says something particularly dramatic (*cough*MomJackShelby). He is the top source for all jokes inappropriate, quickly followed by Mom exclaiming, “C-lyyyyyyde!” While my mom is forever annoyed with each new tattoo, Clyde reasons that the people with tattoos will soon be doing the hiring so he doesn’t mind too much (although I think he’s mainly just glad that I’m not asking for the money to get them done). He always does my taxes and reminds me to take care of the interior of my car. He gives me more Poker chips when I insist on going “all in” on every hand because (A) it’s super fun to say and (B) I have no idea what’s going on in that game. He agrees to watch our dogs even though Robin poops on their carpet every. single. time.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Thanks for choosing to be in our lives despite all the reasons we gave you to say no. I didn’t think I wanted a dad and you changed my mind. I love you!
Oh, and happy birthday too! (;