How cute was my dad when he was a young 'un? Check out those curls! Today my old man blows out the candles on his 53rd birthday cake and I can't believe it! No present or cake (no matter how big or chocolatey) could ever be enough to thank him for all the things he does for our family, but I hope you know dad, you always have our love and respect.
Here are just a few things that make me so happy that I have you for a father (and not some other numpty)...
// You have a song for everything. I love that our house is always humming with the sound of your voice.
// You don't mind (or at least you pretend not to mind) when I call you up with random questions like, "Why won't Woolworth's accept my Visa card anymore?" and expect that you will magically have an answer.
// You have a very slow response time. I can talk to you while you're on the computer and five minutes later, just when I've resigned myself to the fact you didn't hear, you answer me.
// You cook the best bacon spaghetti on the planet.
// You tell the worst dad jokes ever, which I invariably find myself telling to other people.
// You learnt to plait hair when we were in primary school. I've spoken to many men since then, and apparently that is not an easy skill for males to acquire. So thank you for saving me from a childhood of ponytails.
// You laughed in the same bits of Prometheus that I did. Bits no-one else thought were supposed to be funny.
// You do so many things for me and I honestly can't remember the last time you asked me to do anything.
// You were always home when we were kids. I don't think I appreciated that half as much back then as I do now.
// You order a store-bought cake for my birthday every year, even though it goes against your belief that homemade is best.
// You are a champion haggler. I could be rich with all the money you've saved me over the years, if it didn't go straight to Sportsgirl.
// You had the courage to teach me how to drive. And we both know that was not an easy task.
// You are the ultimate Mr Fix-It. A broken iPod? A faulty dishwasher? A half-collapsed car port? Not for long.
// You give good hugs, even though I know you're not big on affection.
Happy birthday, dad!*
*I love you more than Chocolate Obsession ice-cream with mint Ice Magic.