Fatherlove - Keeping Fathers Connected

2001 Father of the Year Essay Contest

KIMBERLY McLEAN
FIRST PLACE WINNER
TENTH GRADE
School: Tyee High School
Teacher: Ms. Nancy Branom
City: Sea Tac

Milk Dads

Dads are a lot like milk. They help you build up, just like milk gives you strong bones, and helps create your personality. Every Dad is different though. Some Dads are the best kind, creamy and smooth, supporting you in everything you do. These are the 4% Dads. Others are weak and donít take care of you like they should. These are the "non-fat" Dads. Still others have a long shelf life and will have fun with you as long as they can. However, some Dads seem to have been left out of the refrigerator for a day or two (2% Dads) and curdle and spoil over time until thrown out altogether.

When compared with this, my Dad must be 4% chocolate milk. He certainly adds a lot of flavor and sweetness to my life! He gives his all and then some. He supports me in every whole

some interest and activity that is good that I wish to pursue. He offers advice and provides the wisest counsel. He has always been there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on or rely on.

My father has set a magnificent example for me of hard work and pursuing your dreams. He has worked hard all of his life to provide for his family and has been quite successful. He is always ready to serve the less fortunate where he can and is often called upon to do so. I marvel at this quality of his. The thing I enjoy most about my Dad is that before he goes to be almost every night, he makes himself a glass of chocolate milk. What a funny, but yummy habit!

My Dad loves and cares about me, and shows it. That is the best gift any child could have. Even better than chocolate milkÖ