To All The Dads Who Braid Hair

I hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day.  Here’s a snippet I wrote in Not Afraid of Life that nicely describes how awesome my dad is.

We didn’t love snowmachines just because they’re fun. We also loved them because we wanted to be like Dad, who was a real enthusiast! We’d do anything to spend time with him, even if it meant asking him for help in getting us ready for school. In fact, he learned how to do all of our hair while Mom was busy with city council politics. I remember very distinctively that he put my hair up in three cute little ponytails on the first day of preschool . Dad didn’t really know it looked kind of silly, but he had done it simply because that’s what I wanted. When my mom picked me up and saw those three ponytails—one on the right side of my head, one on the left, and one in the back—she just laughed.

Not only was it fun to see him look through our closets, shirt by shirt, he let us wear whatever we wanted … including hats. I loved to wear them, but not the cute kind that some parents put on their children for nice photos. No, I wore cowgirl hats, French berets, and ball caps to school. Though I looked absolutely ridiculous, Dad didn’t care. He also let me go to preschool wearing a flower girl dress I’d worn in my aunt and uncle’s wedding. Sounds cute until you realize I wore it with tights and my Nike Air Force 1’s.

Dad, not only can you braid Piper’s hair, you can also win the Iron Dog.

You are truly an amazing man, a loving father, and a hard-working man.  I can’t tell you how much I love you!

  • C. Dees

    I loved this post! You gotta love a man who’s strong enough to win the Iron Dog and tender enough to do his girls’ hair. Wish every daddy cared enough to win his daughters’ hearts.

  • robhart

    Loved this post, Bristol. You continue to show us all your very close knit loving family. Your posts reach deep into the soul and ask each time, “What is important?” In this post, the pigtails speak volumes to a father’s love for his daughter and the mutual respect for each to express freely. Thank you!

  • Shannon

    this is just wonderful! Your dad is awesome, loved watching him on the Alaska show, he rules! Reminds me a lot of my pop ^_^

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  • Thomas Hubbard

    Thats nice that your dad braided your hair Bristol real sweet what a great guy. But I have to say Todd keep your hands off my hair and go ride your snowmachine!

  • joyce blackwell

    Wonderful post Bristol. I always imagine your Dad as a super smart guy who doesn’t have to brag it to the world. He quietly will get it done.

  • Grannie Annie

    Great story about your Dad. I too, write stories about my Dad, although he did not learn to braid hair, or ride a snow machine, he taught us great things that we apply to our everyday life today. Just as your Dad I am sure has done. Love your family! Thanks for your articles. Keep it up!! Grannie Annieinalaska

  • otlset

    Todd is a strong, responsible and masculine role model as head of the family, yet supportive, caring and even indulgent to those in his care as he steps in to do domestic chores while Sarah is away serving the public in office.

    • Patriot

      Me thinks otlset is projecting a bit.

      • otlset

        Yeah and you’ll notice it’s all positive too. You should try it sometime.

        • Patriot

          You know I did once back in the early 80′s and it just felt weird and I got kinda bored.

          • Sue

            And here i thought you were about twelve.

          • Patriot

            Wow great zinger sue!

  • nala3325

    A very loving message from a much-loved and grateful daughter. Happy Father’s Day to the First Dude!

    Switching now to the Mama Grizzly – An Open Convention is Still Possible – based on an RNC Counsel Memo.