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Friendship with my Dad Coffee and Conversation

22 April 2013

Coffee & Conversation

What is the most valuable friendship you have in your life and what makes it so great?

The most valuable friendship that I have in my life is with my dad. Growing up as an only child my dad was my playmate. He played Barbies, Hair Salon, Library, Store, House, Cinderella and more without batting an eyelash. We sang and wrote songs. We dressed up and played baseball. We went fishing. Sure, it wasn't always easy flying solo as a kid but I had something more precious than any childhood best friend could offer, I had my dad. Don't get me wrong, I had childhood best friends but none more important than my dad. My mom and dad worked opposite shifts and so I was constantly surrounded by family. My dad is a professional musician and would come home from playing in the bars all night to being ready to start the day for little me at 5 a.m. when I woke up! What a trooper! He was and is patient and compassionate and taught me hundreds of life lessons. One of my favorites is the "right tool for the right job" lesson; i.e. don't wear flip flops to move furniture. He instilled the importance of faith and Christ in my life. He showed me through his walk what it means to be a Christian and how to pray. Despite all of the self-inflicted challenges, he claims it was the best time of his entire life. Not just anyone will sacrifice themselves for you in that way.

As a scientist, it fascinates me how children inherit characteristics and qualities from their parents. Being that I am the only one, a very small sample size, I like to think that I've earned the best from both of my parents. I look like my mom and have her work ethic but my dad and I are kindred spirits. We have the same tactic of observation and humor. To this day, I share inside jokes and movie quotes with my dad such that anytime-day or night- I can call him and say the one liner and we are laughing and carrying out in seconds!!!

We have been on family vacations where we catch a conversation between people as we walk through a crowded hotel lobby (over 14 years ago) and still continue to laugh about it. My poor mom. She just shakes her head at us crazies. I believe my sense of ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit comes from my dad. Another thing both Mr. Collier and my mom shake their heads at. We build each other up and encourage our ideas. At least once a week we are having a conversation about the latest business plan we've been cooking up in our lives.

The thing that makes my friendship with my dad the best (as I start to tear up) is that I know that no one could replace him in my life. We have a deep and everlasting bond because we are very similar. He is one of my best friends and I cherish every moment that we spend together in person, on the phone or through email. He always has my back as I always have his. And nothing can break a friendship like that.


  1. This is sooo sweet! I feel the same way about my mom! :)

  2. Great post! Found you from Kalyn's blog hop.
    I love dads and I am so thankful for mine as well!

    1. He's one special guy!! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I seriously teared up throughout this entire post! I have never had a great father figure in my life, both my dad and step-dad have had pretty rocky lives. I love when I hear stories of girls that have amazing dads and cannot wait to have a daughter one day so that my husband can be that dad for her. I love that you have such a great relationship with him, so sweet!

  4. I hope you show your dad this post

  5. Sarah, this is incredible. What a sweet tribute to your dad.