There are many ways to quantify a relationship between a father and his son.
My dad and I have had a very obscure relationship through the years. We’ve fought, we’ve made up and I can proudly say I wouldn’t change a thing that has happened throughout my time with him.
The man has taught me everything I know — whether that is good or bad is fairly subjective — and he is the first person I turn to for advice.
I can proudly say that Omar and I would have literally been best friends if we grew up in the same time period. But it wasn’t always quite like that.
I can think of about seven years ago when we were on divergent paths. I was heading toward an uncertain future and you were a different person.
I can proudly say both of us changed for the best, and the man I am today can almost completely be attributed to the father beside me.
For all my failures throughout life, and trust me there’s been a few, no one has been there like he has with words of guidance or criticism.
When I do succeed, there’s no one in this world I would rather tell than my dad. No one gets more excited and shows it more than him.
He’s grown a lot as an individual, too, and it’s crazy to look back at those “dark years” and be able to laugh about it.
The best part about my 21st birthday was the fact that now Pops and I can start a new chapter in this book, the one where we can kick back and talk over a couple ice-cold brews.
Most kids grow up thinking about how they will never subject their kids to the torture they went through, and the parenting changes they will make. I, on the other hand, am only thinking about how I can even come close to the man that has given me everything.
So here’s to the best father a guy could have, and I know that in June we’ll be talking about the best grandpa a kid could have.