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!

  • Rhonda

    Bristol, I have prayed for you from the first moment that I heard your mother was running with Senator McCain as his VP. I prayed that God would cover you and your siblings with much cover. I also prayed His will be done for you. Sometimes the refining is so painful but oh so necessary. Please continue to bless your parents as you are doing and to allow the Great Refiner to make of you the lovely vessel He has envisioned you to be!

  • mistah charley, ph.d.

    My dad passed away a few years ago. There was an old song that was an old song even when I was young, “O my papa, to me he was so wonderful. O my papa, to me he was so good.” You can find an Eddie Fisher version on YouTube. Be nice to the ones you love while you have them around, because the day will come when they are no longer here (unless you are gone first – even worse).

  • WobblyWastrel

    Susan…you really should take your anti-psychotic meds BEFORE you start posting on someone’s blog. JMHO! =:o]

  • kayla

    Bristol, you are amazing doll! This story is too cute!

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  • Mary

    Just love this family!!!!