PHOTO OF THE DAY | My dad: sensitive, brilliant, wise, curious, creative, musical, caring, tough as nails - and that's an understatement (partially the Yonkers, NY in him), strong, successful, an expert in his field (now happily retired) who continues to expand his knowledge. He's a great guitarist and singer and some of my favorites times are when we're all together and he's playing. And of course, an avid golfer (2 holes in one...so far)! He loves to share his knowledge and ideas, and without meaning to, inspires those around him to learn and think outside of the box. He has a, let's say, "untraditional" sense of humor, which I have proudly inherited (along with being left-handed)! He appoints downright hilarious nicknames for anyone he loves (except it wasn't until I was an adult that I learned what one of my nicknames meant, and well, it wasn't in my favor...LOL). He leaves me very sweet voice messages which I have saved throughout the years, and most of them end with "dada loves you." ...Speaking of voice messages, his outgoing message states, "...if you can SIMPLY leave your name and phone number..." As if you need to include the word "simply" in an outgoing voice message (boy am I gonna get it for including that in this post)! My dad is very real, very literal and very intentional in pretty much every way, and little things like his outgoing voice message remind me of these strong characteristics (and is great ammunition for teasing). We both see humor in almost everything, love to make each other laugh and even make fun of each other (clearly), and I love that about our relationship. We've been through a lot and I am truly grateful to have such an awesome dad and step-mom (also tough as nails)!