To my baba
With father’s day right around the corner, it’s time to do a tribute to my daddy, my baba. This will be our 21st father’s day celebration together, and I’m lucky to say that I have not missed a single one. I love my dad so much. I am often the rebellious daughter who never comes home until the sun rises, or rolls my eyes when I hear something that I don’t like… but through it all, thick and thin… my father’s love has been unconditional.
My mom always tells me that baba loves me so much. When I was a little girl, he wouldn’t stop holding me… and even today whenever I see him, he always has his arms wide open for me. My daddy still pinches my cheeks like he used to (of course I never lost my baby fat so that might be why). And he still gives me wise words of advice like he used to. The love is the same, just a few extra gray hairs and a back ache here and there.
Growing up, my sister was always the smart daughter. She got the brains just like my dad! I got some real cute chubby cheeks! Lol… So I always found myself chasing after that bond with my dad. We have it for sure, but in a different way. Since my parents had 2 daughters and no sons, I guess I was there to be that tom-boy/son that they never had. My dad and I have had countless expeditions taking kayaking classes and joining a sailing team. We would wake up at 4 in the morning and head to Sausalito to hop aboard the mighty dinghy! …Learned how to tie a couple of real neat knots on these sailing trips!
I was also daddy’s little golfer. I started taking lessons with my dad, and then eventually joined junior lessons with my sister, and now I’ve been golfing for a little over 11 years. My dad quit golf when he threw out his back a couple of times, but he’s still always there to support me through my golfing escapades. So for all the times that I have joined or quit a sports team, needed a ride to practice, or wanted a supportive hurrah from the audience, thanks for being there for me, baba. I love you so much.
My dad is also my best sporting event buddy! I am a crazy professional sports fanatic, and he always goes with me to games (Of course, I pay for the tickets because he doesn’t want to pay to see a team lose :D… hahaha). He is my favorite A’s fan and my favorite Warriors fan, and is not afraid to jeer atrociously and applaud loudly at the games, which is probably where I get my enthusiasm from. Like father, like daughter.
The greatest thing about my dad is that he is able to find a perfect balance. While being one of the nerdiest and smartest engineers in the whole wide world, he is still a kid at heart.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is… Dad, I really appreciate you for looking past my insecurities and flaws. Thank you for always being here for me and hanging out with me. I love our adventurous outings and Sunday brunches. I love that I can be your forever tomboy daughter. I love you, baba. Happy Father’s Day.