Tag Archives: father

Happy Birthday Papi!

Standard

Today is the day the world was blessed with the birth of my dad.  He is an interesting mix of being the smartest person I know along with one of the most taboo and outrageous personalities I’ve ever encountered.  Simply put, he is truly one of a kind.  At first, it was hard seeing the similarities between me and my dad, but the resemblance has become more apparent over the years.  Besides my book smarts, I mainly attribute my dad as the reason why there are times where I have no filter, but, over those characteristics, I thank my dad for the position I’m in now.  I know that, without many of the sacrifices and decisions my dad made in the past, my present would be a completely different scenario.  I’ve learned things happen for a reason and, if one thing is for sure, my dad is a person I can count on for almost anything, no matter the situation.  Not many people can say that about anybody, especially their dads.  So, on his birthday, I want to celebrate the beautiful bond we’ve developed and how proud I am to call him my dad.

Happy Birthday Pa!

Advertisements

Happy Father’s Day!

Standard

Because today is Father’s Day, I would like to give a special shout out to all of the wonderful daddies out there.  The ones who provide for their children, love their children, and find the time to share special moments with their children.  Although I’m in no rush to have kids, I’m looking forward to seeing my future hubby be one of the best fathers ever.  There’s nothing like a mother’s love, but I don’t think dads get enough appreciation out there.  After all, none of us would be here without our fathers, no matter how long they were around.  Personally, I absolutely love my pops and I appreciate everything he does for me and my siblings.  This year, I get to have my dad all to myself and, despite all of the jokes we’ve shared with each other, he knows that father daughter time is priceless.  I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have their dads around and, against the odds, my dad is still a very big part of my life, so I’m going to soak in every bit of this trip and cherish it.  I love seeing how similar we are, how similar he is to my mom, and new things I’ve never realized before.  So Pa be ready for our father daughter day!  Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Birthday Papi!

Standard

Today I just want to wish my dad a very happy 46th birthday!  Throughout my 21 years of life, he has been one of the few people who have proved that they will always be there for me.  Sure, he’s not perfect, he’s made his mistakes, and we’ve had our low moments together, but, regardless of all of that, our relationship as father and daughter has gotten so much stronger.  It is stronger than all of that and I love him no matter what.  Even during his crazy political rants and his obsession with Diet Pepsi, I love my daddy.  I love him for everything he’s done for me and continues to do.  In the past years, I’ve learned so much about my dad and I appreciate every minute we spend together.  I realize that not everyone has the luxury of having a father in their lives, but I’m grateful to know that my dad is still here and close to me.  I can honestly say that I’m a daddy’s girl and I love my papi.  So, I hope he just has a wonderful day and an even better birthday weekend.  Love you pops!

Happy Birthday Papi!

Happy Birthday Papi!

Happy Father’s Day!

Standard

Within the past few years, I have been reminded that the place of a father in your life is not guaranteed.  There is no permanence to the amount of time spent with someone, even if it is someone as important as your father.  I know too many people who have lost their fathers or father figures too early, while I know just as many people who have never even had the opportunity to get to know their dads.  For that reason, Father’s day is even more important to me.  It reminds me of how blessed I am to have such a wonderful dad in my life.

My dad has made mistakes and there are times, just like with anybody, that I don’t understand him, but, at the end of the day, he’s my father and he will never let me forget it.  Ever since I can remember, my dad has been there for me and my family in ways that people will never understand.  But the best part is that he is still right by my side no matter what.  He supports me in whatever I want to do, he offers his intellectual advice when it’s needed, and he is there to try to make everything better when things go sour.  He’s been a shoulder to cry on, a personal chef, a doctor, and most definitely my papi.  Whenever I need something, he will be there no matter what and I love him for it.  I love him for everything he’s done for me and continues to do.

I will proudly say that I am a daddy’s girl and I have no shame in saying it.  I’m not saying I’m spoiled or prissy, but I’m saying that I have an endless amount of unconditional love for him and I know he has that same amount of love for me.  I just feel so lucky to have him as my father and, more importantly, that I still have him in my life today.  I wish my papi and all of the wonderful fathers a very Happy Father’s Day.  Enjoy your day dads!

 

Dance With My Father

Standard

With Father’s Day approaching and the recent death of my grandfather, I am reminded even more of the large role my dad plays in my life.  I honestly feel so blessed to still have him next to me when I know that there are so many people around me who will not have the opportunity to spend any more time with their fathers.  I realize this and I will do my best to savor every moment with my own dad.  I love my father so much and I want him to know that I appreciate him to the fullest.  Please do the same with your own.  Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your dad, it is still better than not having the opportunity to have one at all.  Too many people realize this too late.  I dedicate Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” to my daddy and my grandfathers who I will see one day again.

Happy Birthday Papi!

Standard

Today, my one and only awesome daddy turns forty-ughummsomething years old and I hope that he has the best birthday ever.  He’s gone through some tough times recently (you know with working full-time… and going to school full-time… and being a dad… and being a son), so I think he deserves a night out filled with each and every Pitbull song ever made and a pack of Coronas on deck.  He’s my father, my papi, my papa roach, my big daddy kane!  Yup, the one and only.  I only have one pops and I couldn’t ask for a better one.  Throughout the years, he’s proven that he will always be around and that he will do anything to make sure that me and my siblings are ok.  He’ll do whatever he can to make us laugh and he can actually admit when he’s wrong (eventually, at least).  Sure, there are times when I feel like reasoning with him is impossible, but then there are other times where it might just be the whole spanish as a first language thing getting in the way of our communication.  Either way, I love my papi so much and I wouldn’t change a thing.  If things were different, then our relationship would be different and this would be a whole other father-daughter set, so I’d rather not.  All in all I just want to wish my daddy a very happy birthday!

Love you Pa and Happy Birthday!!

The Ones You Can Always Count On

Standard

Your whole life you’re told that your family is your number one support system and that they are the only ones that will never leave you alone.  In my case, this is absolutely true.  20 years ago God gave me the best gift I could ever ask for and that is a place in the Figueroa-Ramirez clan.  I was given a brother, a sister, a father, and a mother, who all promised to take care of me and protect me in any way that they could just as I will do the same for them.  Throughout the years, we have argued, we have laughed, and our bond has been tested, but no matter what, we have never left each other’s side.  My father will do whatever he can to look out for myself, my siblings, and my mother.  My mom will always put her kids first, even if we ask her not to.  My sister will always play the role of big sister, being there whenever she’s needed.  My brother will forever hold the title of the protective big brother, prepared to fight in any battle.  But God has blessed me even more by allowing us to add another member to our family.  Though we don’t share the same blood and he’s not even an in-law yet, he has proven his commitment to this family through thick and thin, which I am forever grateful for.

Family is meant to be the group of people who you may not like all of the time, but you will always love.  They are the ones who will tell you the truth and give you advice with your best interest at heart.  They will never leave your side, especially when you have nothing to give back to them, but a simple thank you.  They shouldn’t do you favors to benefit them, but instead to lighten your burden.  They’ll keep your secrets, take on your pain, and will help solve your problems with you.  I feel blessed to say that my family is exactly like this.  I have recently learned that sometimes a bit of pride, but mostly being conscious that everybody has their own issues to deal with can get in the way of asking for help when you need it the most.  Why let others know of your struggle when they have their own worries and responsibilities?  Because they’re your family and if you can’t turn to them for help, who can you turn to?

Family may not always be blood or the traditional mother, father, and 2.5 kids make-up, but family is always the one group of people who will find the means to help each other, even when it seems impossible.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.