Thank You, Dad! Texas CASA’s Staff Celebrates Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, Texas CASA staff is celebrating the fathers and father figures in our lives. Some staff graciously shared a few of their cherished experiences with their fathers. Texas CASA wishes a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, grandpas, and father figures out there — thank you for giving children your unconditional support and love!

“My dad grew up during the depression, so hard work was in his blood. I think that some of the best times we had together were spent doing manual labor. Planting trees, roofing the house in the middle of August, sandbagging the house during a flood in MN or hauling off brush after they moved to the mountains of CO. It was always good to be able to look back on what we accomplished together. He’s gone now, but his influence on me never will be.”

“When I think of childhood memories with my dad, two words come to mind: “Boomer Sooner!” My dad is a huge Oklahoma football fan, going all the way back to his college days. Growing up, we spent every College Football Saturday cheering the Sooners on. Ironically enough, I ended up going to their biggest rival school, The University of Texas – he’s no Longhorn, but he supported me in my decision every step of the way. Thank you, Dad, for loving and supporting me, and empowering me to be who I want to be!”

“My dad would travel a lot for work; when he would come home he would leave a chocolate bar or other sweet treat on my bed while I was sleeping. When I’d wake up in the morning, I’d know he was home from his work trip. He supported my love of travel and treats, all in one!”
“My father worked as a butcher at a grocery store.  Sometimes, he would bring home a special gift just for me. Once he brought a doll which he said was on clearance for a penny.  At the time, a penny could have been a million dollars, I didn’t know the difference. I felt so special, and named her Penny. My dad is still a strong influence in my life, and definitely taught me a penny or a million dollars, it’s the thought that counts!”
“One of the greatest memories I have of being a kid, is my dad driving us to the beach often. I will forever be grateful for the one hour road trips to South Padre Island, grilling, salty air and family time. Thanks dad for planting the seed that blossomed into the love I have for the beach. I love you!”
“A fond memory of my dad was that he liked to sing folk songs in the car when we would travel on summer vacation. Every year he would drive my mom and us kids down to the Texas coast, his favorite place, and at some point we would all sing songs together like, Oh Susanna, You Are My Sunshine, Home on the Range, and Oh My Darling, Clementine. Fun times, thanks Dad! I love you.”
“It wasn’t until my parents divorced that I really got to know my father as an individual. One of my favorite memories is a weekend trip we took when I was 16 to Big Bend, just the two of us. I remember sitting across from him at a restaurant in Lajitas, talking with him like we were not just parent and child, but old comfortable friends. It was one of those rare moments that you realize is special while it is happening.”
“From an early age, my dad would read to my brother and I every night before bed. One of our favorites was PJ Funny Bunny, which I often read to my daughter now. We plug our noses when we get to the page where PJ visits the skunks, because that’s what my dad used to do. She loves it. As we got older, he read through many series including Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables.”
“My dad taught me to drive and how to change a tire. He also taught me how to earn and save money so I could buy my first car– from him! Thanks, Dad, for your patience teaching me important life skills and inspiring the grit that makes me the woman I am today.”
“My family and I went to Disney World when I was six. My dad rode Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride with me. And then rode it again 15 more times because I loved it so much. I know how lucky I am to have such a kind and loving father.”

“My father was a wonderful man. He always wanted children. After meeting and marrying my mother when my sisters and I were in our early to mid-teens, he adopted us and became the wonderful father, role model and mentor he always wanted to be. I’m sad to say he passed away three years ago. This Father’s Day, I am forever grateful for the wonderful memories he created for me and how happy he made my mother.”

“In my early 20s I moved to a small town in Peru for a job with an NGO. My dad had never been out of the country before, doesn’t speak any Spanish, and sometimes has some travel anxiety. Despite all of that he got a passport, navigated the international airports with my sister, and came to visit me. Our visit together was about a week long and some of my fondest memories with my dad are from that time together. Thank you, dad, for always believing in me and  supporting my adventures, even when they have looked very different from your own.”

“When I was a kid my dad used to help me prepare for my weekly spelling tests by typing them up and adding fun clip art images. Not only did it help prepare me for my tests, it helped me understand that learning could be fun. Thanks, Dad, for helping instill a love of learning in me and having fun in life.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, father figures, grandfathers and mentors who give children love and support, today and everyday!