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!

  • Susan

    Bristol you are a child who bought into the BS. Your sister Willow seems much more grounded & I hope she does not follow your path. As you say as you crying, “do not leave me”. Willow has not made your mistakes & if she is smart she will distance herself from you because you are not good influence.

    • otlset

      Lay off the bath salts Susan, it could be dangerous.

    • Truth101

      Leave Willlow out of it Mommy dearie.

  • stacy

    dads–in spite of our stepping stones of “out of the accepted choices” that is frowned upon by the the acceptance of some others on choices — intellect-heart-spirit ..can’t take away those three things– praise God for that dad or whomever loves us-encourages us–and with dad’s or another’s cheerleading–we -you-or i make the difference–running the race–grateful for your blog

  • David Dempsey

    Bristol, nice Photo of your Dad and Mom. —- Ignore Susan’s comments – she is just jealous of your success. Or maybe her Dad is a Drug Dealer and she is a Drug Addict, and she can’t stand normal people. (ha)

  • http://none funglaw

    Love this photo both Mr. and Mrs. Palin share a happy moment.

  • Barbara Landi

    Real men can braid their daughters’ hair! We love your Dad as well as your Mom, and your wonderful family

  • Dennis McHale

    It was a pleasure to shake your dad’s hand and look him in the eye. Truly a gentleman with the pioneer spirit that has made this country great. You got a great Dad, and not everyone is so lucky, but that is why you and your family are the BEST!!!

  • Michele W.

    So great…not surprised by his wealth of skills! Ha ha! Love the picture of those two. They are great examples of supporting and truly loving one another. You are lucky to have them, and they are lucky to have you too. xoxoxo

  • Rosali Elzig

    What’s matter with that Susan and those others?? There is a place in Hell for them! By the way Bristol…I’m just finishing that chapter in your book about your dad’s braiding Piper hair. I just got the book and started reading it. Can you sign it? if so,i will leave it with sally. Let me know. Thanks. God bless you and your family.

  • Lonnie Webb

    Nicely said. You’re a good daughter! My kids have outgrown their daddy and the good things done for them. You and your family are special people. Hang on to all those memories and use them to power wash away the things that get in the way between you and your Pa.

  • Terrenceor

    That is funny. I take great delight in having my creative 7 year old daughter pick out her own clothes to wear when mom is not there to direct.