As you might know, my adoring public… I like to start these little rants off with great quotes.  This is one of my favorites:

Alison Scott:
I'm pregnant.
  Knocked-up

Ben Stone:
Fuck off!

Alison Scott:
What?

Ben Stone:
What?

I am pretty sure that's not how the conversation went with my parents… but it none the less brings us to today's topic…

I have the most amazing father.  Today we stop celebrate dads and I suppose it would be easy to wallow a bit in self pity that I don’t get to celebrate with mine.  And I might, wallow in self pity that is, but I don’t think I will.  For the first time on Father’s Day, I’ve stopped to remember what a blessing my own father was and how lucky I was to have him.  I’ve also stopped to recognize all the amazing men that have stepped in as father figures in the last sixteen years. 

I am so very blessed to have men that have been guiding lights in my life.  Some of them never even knew my father.  Some of them are men my own age.  Family and friends that walk me through tough decisions or tell me “absolutely not, do not date him.”  If you are one of those guys… you know it … and you know how I feel about you without210 me writing about here.  You've helped me grow, made me laugh instead of cry, questioned my decisions and helped me out of the bad ones.  You are my sources of strength.  You have all been good fathers.

 And yes, I miss my father, and yes on days like today the pain is more palpable and much more obvious.  But how very lucky am I, that though he couldn’t be with me as long I would have wanted,  he’s sent these amazing people to make a difference in my life?

So today, I’ll say a little prayer to thank the Lord for the time I had and I’ll say a little prayer to thank the Lord for the amazing father figures I’ve had and as always I will say a little prayer to thank the Lord for Mack Brown and Will Muschamp.

I will simply wish a very Happy Father’s Day to my dad, to my friends that are now dads and to all those that have stepped in to fill Bubba’s shoes (Lord knows it has not been an easy job raising me).  I am more blessed than most and I think it would be a disservice to my dad to waste sadness on this day. 

Happy Father’s Day.