My dad is a superhero.
No really, he is. The government should probably study him and put him into some Ultimate Soldier/Defender of the Universe program or something. Maybe they already have!
I know what you might be thinking: “Every child thinks their dad is Superman, yawn.”
Well I am 27. And my dad just ran a 9 mile obstacle course race known as the Spartan Super in 2 hours and 5 minutes. Then the very next morning, he ran the Spartan Sprint (4.5 miles with obstacles) in 1 hour and 8 minutes. And he wasn’t even tired.
Turn down for what?!
Y’all he just turned 50.
Now, aside from having the physique of a Greek god, my dad has also been a super amazing father. I say that with all sincerity, and anyone who knows him would agree.
Being an HVAC guy in West Texas kept him busy year round, but he always made time for my brother and me when we were growing up. Backyard camp outs, impromptu water balloon fights and paintball wars were just a few of our regular shenanigans.
He coached my YMCA basketball team and my brother’s Little League team the entire time we played. As a result, we won like every game. (Superhero!)
In addition to doing the typical “Dad” things for me like pulling out splinters, teaching me to ride a bike and drive a car; he showed me not only what it means to “be a good dad” but to “be a good person.”
My dad’s the type of person who will help a stranger push their stalled car off the road and into a parking lot. He’ll hold a door open for a crowd and smile at every single person as they go by. If you lose your prescription glasses after flipping your tube in the Frio river, he’ll swim down into the dark depths to do battle with giant catfishes and he won’t give up until he finds them. Which he always does. (Superhero!)
He can tame stray cats!
Rip a phone book in half!
Humming birds LAND IN HIS HANDS!
And even though I’m an independent twenty-something living it up in the Big D, my dad has shown me that I can still rely on him for life advice, for help installing a washing machine, and to just be there and love me no matter what I get myself into.
I know it’s a little late for Father’s Day, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I want to dedicate this post to my dad, to show him just how important and how super it’s been to have in my life. Thank you Dad for everything; your actions have shaped Mat and me into the people we are today. We couldn’t be more proud to be your kids!
By the way, my dad will run the Spartan Beast in November to complete the much coveted, rarely achieved Trifecta. For those unfamiliar with the Spartan race series, to complete the Trifecta you must finish each of the 3 races within the same calendar year; no skipping obstacles, no shortcuts, no easy feat.
And I’ll be right there waiting at the finish line for my Superhero Dad.