My father is a man of many faces.
I love that he wears his heart on his sleeve.
While in his presence, you will know how he is feeling at all times, because he will tell you ALL about it.
He is not a man of mystery.
He is, however, a man of many shades.
In honor of Father’s Day, I present to you captioned photos for a few of my dad’s many faces:
1. The Storyteller
2. The Professional
“Contrary to popular belief, I actually do put on a serious face when needed in my job as a 4th grade teacher. My favorite unit of study to teach is Indiana History. And stop asking me if I want to be a school administrator just because I’m a male educator. Seriously. I’m so over that question.”
3. The Handsome Silver Fox
“Don’t let my balding head fool you. I stay in dapper, fit shape by golfing every day, biking, and gardening. I drink tons of green tea because my wife makes me and I take garlic pills to help with my digestion. Please don’t compliment me on my athletic body frame, because I will either get nervous and change the subject or start talking about my college wrestling days when I was at the height of my athleticism.”
4. The Bored ADHD Bob
“Man, I wish it were my turn to talk. Actually, I haven’t really been paying attention to the story being told. Man, I keep burping up garlic from my garlic pill I took this morning. Grace is gonna be mad if she smells it. Better get up and walk around and find a glass of water.”
“I’m tired from playing golf all day. I know I look like I’ve been drinking in this pic, but I don’t drink. At least that’s what I tell everyone…” 😉
6. The “I Don’t Speak Spanish” Bob
“I don’t speak Spanish. But I like this man, so I will pretend to understand. Everything he is saying about this tree sounds important. I think I even heard him say the word importante something or other.”
7. The Breakfast Man
“Every day, I eat the same thing for breakfast: a gargantuan bowl of Chex cereal with raisins and freshly cut bananas. I forget a lot of things at the grocery store, but I never forget my raisins and bananas.”
8. The Thinker
9) The Toupee Bob
“Yes, I once wore a toupee. When I travelled back to Hawaii in the 1960s after going bald, I didn’t tell my extended family that my hair wasn’t real. I forgot I had it on, though, and went swimming in the ocean with my cousins. When it came off my head and began to float away, my cousins screamed in horror. ‘It’s a toupee! A toupee!’ I consoled them. After I got married, Grace told me one day that she preferred my natural balding head, so I haven’t worn it since. Gotta please my lady. 😉”
I am grateful to my dad for teaching me not to be afraid of feelings. Feelings are just…feelings. They come and go. I love you, dad.