Fatherlove - Keeping Fathers Connected

2001 Father of the Year Essay Contest
MARIAH WELLS
THIRD PLACE WINNER
FOURTH GRADE
School: St. Mark Catholic School
Teacher: Mrs. Pauline Storino
City: Shoreline

Like a sheep needs a shepherd, I need my dad. My dad wanted me so much he adopted me, like a shepherd adopts a sheep.

My dad and I have such a strong relationship that even the biggest fight between us would never break our bond. Thatís how much he loves me.

My dad encourages me when Iím feeling blue, helps me when Iím confused, and always makes me feel good about myself.

Even though my dad disciplines me, I know he does it for my own good. Iíll thank him for this when Iím older.

I wish my dad spend Saturday afternoons with me more often. We could go rock climbing, to a gymnastics meet, or see a movie.

I remember when my dad and I went camping together. I had lots of fun learning survival tips. It was very cold that night, so while I was in my dadís warm sleeping bag, he was in my freezing cold sleeping bag. Until this day, I still remember that night!

My dad makes me feel like a million bucks. I always feel fantastic when Iím with him. Heís the best.

We have our happy times, our sad times, our fun and frightening times, but we get together, like we are the best of friends.

My dad will continue to be the worldís best dad for as long as I live.