My Dad deserves a medal for living in a house full of loud, opinionated, dramatic, emotional, yet wonderful southern women. Even though there were just two biological daughters we each came with an entourage. It wasn't uncommon for my Dad to come home to an entire cheerleading squad having a sleepover in the living room, a school club conducting a car wash in his drive way, or members of a sorority cooking something for an event in his kitchen. He embraced it and was often found saying things like "I need you girls to be ready for dinner at 6 pm, and that's Larry time not ADPi time."
He came to every dance performance, cheerleading competition, and play my sister and I were in. He is always supportive, always full of good advice, and is the perfect father of daughters. He taught me all the important things in life like how to blow my nose while running, to always have at least a half tank of gas in the winter, to arrive early for flights in order to not get bumped, the rules of football, and so much more! I am convinced I am the person I am today because I was Larry and Kathy's daughter.
He always encouraged me that I could achieve literally anything I wanted. He cheered from the stands of countless basketball and football games, he proudly clapped at graduation when I received an undergraduate degree and then again for my MBA, he coached me in my first marathon, he celebrated with me when I got my dream job working on Capitol Hill, and he walked me down the aisle in August with a big smile on his face. There's a card that he gave me during a challenging time of my life that simply says, "Do not be afraid of change. Be afraid of not changing". That card still hangs in my office today and is a constant reminder and encouragement from my Dad.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't feel loved by my Dad and I know he took all the direction from my heavenly father. I know how blessed I am to call him my Dad, and I can only hope that each day I make him proud!
|Laughing with my Dad coming down the aisle|
|Kisses for Larry Boy|
|"You don't wanna mess with this wedding, do ya?"|
|He "loved" the trees I had brought in for the wedding. Can't you see? :)|
|Whitney Raye and Larry Boy|
|We're always having fun! Dad and his girls!|
Happy Father's Day Larry Boy! I love you!