SOME­TIMES

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it’s hard not to roll my eyes at my fa­ther. I wrote about my mom for our Mother’s Day is­sue, which prompted him to ask why I’m not writing about him. Cue eye-roll . . .

So on the eve of Fa­ther’s Day, I’m writing about my dad. I can even hear him brag­ging to my mom how this time it’s all about him. Com­pet­i­tive, those two.

I’ve in­her­ited many of my fa­ther’s traits – good and bad.

Like him, I can some­times be stub­born and won’t back down from a fight, even when it’s prob­a­bly wiser to do so. I can be­come im­pa­tient and I have a low tol­er­ance for peo­ple who try to cut cor­ners.

But from him I’ve also learnt how to be care­ful with money and how im­por­tant it is to for­give peo­ple – es­pe­cially your fam­ily – no mat­ter what they do to you. He’s taught me to be self-suf­fi­cient and strong and to fiercely pro­tect my loved ones.

I hope you’re as lucky as I am to be able to cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day with the first guy who truly loved you.

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