Great daddies go fishing, cook pizza, give lots of hugs, and work hard for their family. Some daddies work three jobs, plant gardens, ride horses, and they have fun with their kids even when they are really tired.
These are some of the attributes mentioned in letters and e-mails sent by children from towns throughout Oklahoma for the “Why I love my father” contest sponsored by The Oklahoman. There are lots of great Oklahoma daddies, and they are all winners in the eyes of their children.
Colorful artwork showing daddies and the kids sharing outdoor activities under bright happy sunshine accompanied some of the contest entries. Others wrote poetry, or included a photo. Several children wrote about how much they appreciate their stepdads, others about being adopted. They describe daddies who are kind, caring, willing to serve their country, help keep the city safe in their jobs as police officer or state trooper. Kids say they love to go out for ice-cream with their dad, ride bikes, and have help with homework, and scouting projects.
They wrote about their dad’s love for animals, how he never lets them down, goes through cancer treatments, attends school events, and loves their mother.
Daddies may not think their children notice all they do for the family, but the letters demonstrate the kids notice everything, and many of them listed the attributes of their special dad one through 10.
It’s all about love, and that came through in every letter, e-mail and drawing. Some entries arrived on notebook paper, poster paper, and a 13-year old girl wrote her letter in gold ink.
All of the dads are winners, and rate Number One.