Celebrating Dad in the CLE

It was a beautiful weekend in Cleveland. Sunny skies (most of the time), warm but not too warm weather, AND my dad even came to visit – that’s right my dad (and mom) drove 16 hours to see me for Father’s Day weekend!

Some of the weekend’s highlights:

Me and my dad - check out his new shirt! (Father's Day gift)

Me and my dad – check out his new shirt! (Father’s Day gift)

We started with a sushi dinner.

sushi

Followed by some delicious dessert (my dad and I shared that ice cream) at The Chocolate Bar.

parents visit ice cream

Saturday we took a walk and checked out the new Cleveland Convention Center.

Dad getting an autograph from former pitcher Doug Jones

Dad getting an autograph from former pitcher Doug Jones

My dad got to try out the Indian’s pitching booth. He hasn’t lost his touch – he got three strikes! (Check out the video here:https://vine.co/v/hBm6Ql5OdBn)

3 strikes

Then we went to the Rolling Stones exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yes, you can now take photos at the Rock Hall!

Yes, you can now take photos at the Rock Hall!

Allman brothers exhibit

Allman Brothers – appropriate Father’s Day post (I was named after my dad’s fave song – Sweet Melissa)

And after an early dinner of burgers and beer (my dad’s request), saw the Indians game.

Yes, i got these New Yorkers to wear Cleveland shirts!

Yes, I got these New Yorkers to wear Cleveland shirts!

mom and me at game

After the rain! (I believe after this was taken, my mom said “Are you going to put this picture on your blog?”)

They may have lost, but we caught “one of the best fireworks shows” according to my mom.

beautiful sky at indians game

fireworks

And then Sunday morning before they got back on the road, FaceTimed with my brother. Then I got in a great workout and enjoyed some Chipotle for lunch.

Barbacoa bol B and I shared

Barbacoa bol B and I shared

And then I cooked B (NOT a dad, just to clarify) some oven fried chicken, mashed white beans and collard greens (from our CSA).

Found a use for our CSA (Fresh Fork) collard greens!

Found a use for our CSA (Fresh Fork) collard greens!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

obligatory dad/daughter wedding photo. Love it :)

obligatory dad/daughter wedding photo. Love it ūüôā

Happy Father’s Day!

Earlier this week, I came across the article,¬†Rules for Dads Raising Daughters,¬†¬†and found myself getting teary-eyed when I went through the list and thought of my dad. It’s a long list and as B said “filled with all sorts of good stuff¬†that you should already know and/or that should be common sense,” but I couldn’t help but think of how my dad raised me. In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing some of the tips for fathers with you and thanking my dad for meeting this criteria, set up by the Good Men’s Project:

Let her play in the mud.

Okay, maybe I played in the sand more than in the mud, but my dad always let me get dirty and play however I wanted. Yes, I played with Barbies and My Little Pony, but I also played softball – with my dad as my coach. I had no idea at the time how time-consuming and¬†emotionally¬†draining a job that could be – but I know now that coaching a girls’ softball team is no easy feat.

Remember that the way you talk about and treat women will have a lasting impact.

For as long as I can remember, my Dad has called my mother names of affection, held her hand in public, and acted in small romantic ways – even today, after 30 years of marriage. I’ve never heard him use the word b**** or other derogatory terms toward women. My mom definitely chose a keeper.

Cry when the family pet dies.

Thank goodness I’ve never had to face a pet dying but if I did, I know my Dad would cry. I’ve seen my Dad cry or tear up countless times – he has never once felt like he had to hold in his emotion to “be a man.” In fact, it became somewhat of a joke in the family that I had to stop making him handmade cards in elementary school because it seemed that no matter what card I made him, he would tear up!

Read her books with great heroes — both boy and girl heroes.

This is another area my dad excelled in – reading books to me. I think most parents stop reading to their kids before bed after they get old enough to read to themselves – or at least somewhere in¬†elementary¬†school. Not my dad.¬†I’m not talking about Dr. Seuss – sure we read those – but we made our way up to books like¬†Nancy Drew, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Rings¬†and¬†Fahrenheit¬†451.I think he read to me until I was in late junior high school and eventually had to stop because I was spending the nighttime doing homework and talking to boys on the phone.

Share music with each other.

My dad (and mom) have always shared their favorite music with me Рand vise versa. Family car trips included tapes and then CDs and singing along to whatever my parents were listening Рfrom Allman Brothers (I was named after Melissa) to The Who to the Beatles to Jackson Brown to Billy Joel.  My dad even attended my first concert (well, he chaperoned) and put up with Third Eye Blind and Eve 6 Рfrom the back of the room of course Рwithout complaining.

my dad, my newborn brother, and me

I was supposed to be spending Father’s Day with my dad this year ¬†– but due to work schedules and travel time (the drive from NY to Cleveland is never easy) I’ll have to wait another week. Until then – thank you Dad for all you’ve done!