With father’s day almost here, it’s time to bust out all the nostalgia, feels, and sentimentality. If you grew up in North Carolina, it’s likely that we share these memories!
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1. Your first college basketball game
Attending your first college basketball game with dad, and cheering on whichever team you represent. It's a memory we all hold dear!
2. Dad, the grillmaster
Southern dad's have a way with the grill. Especially when it comes to steaks or BBQ. To this day, I haven't tasted better baby back ribs than the ones my dad makes!
3. Dad, the original driver's ed teacher
For some reason, Dad is always the one nominated to take your 14/15 yr. old self driving on long country roads. If you've learned to drive a stick shift, I bet you your daddy taught you how.
4. Learning to hunt
No one forgets the first time they shot a shotgun, with their dad right by their side...usually laughing.
5. Going skiing in the winter
Going skiing in the winter became a favored dad/daughter bonding time growing up.
6. Experiencing your first rush of fear at Carowinds
Usually Dad was the brave one and mom would watch as you both tried to contain your fear and excitement.
7. Your first camping trip
You felt macho, like a (wo)man, conquering that first hiking trail, pitching your first tent, and the first time you made food over a fire. Of course, Dad was there each step of the way although he still encouraged us the WHOLE way to believe in ourselves. We'll never forget sitting around the campfire and bonding, oh and the first time we heard 'something' in the woods, but still felt safe because Dad was there.
8. Your first tug on the line and Dad helping you reel the fish in
Fishing is a classic father-child bonding activity. There is plenty of downtime between the action, which makes for long talks about life and really, you probably learned some major life lessons during these quiet times. But as soon as that first fish yanked, Dad was there to help you catch it. Lets also not forget gutting it, and eating it later...
9. How MAD Dad was the first time you REALLY got in trouble
Sure, we could be brats or just grumpy when we were little. But once we hit those teen years, oh boy. Maybe you stole a car, or threw a party, or just did some dumb adolescent thing, but we all remember that first real FEAR that Dad was M-A-D mad! Yet, this also taught us to respect our parents, and not be complete idiots. Some of you may have kids now and are experiencing the same thing, from the other side of the table.
10. When Dad took us to HIS favorite BBQ joint
Dad usually waited till we were old enough to appreciate it. I'll never forget the first time I went to Short Sugars and Dad told me all of his childhood memories of growing up near this place, and of course, eating great BBQ. It just gives you a sense of appreciation and like I said, Dad is always the BBQ and grill master.
11. When Dad taught you how to properly behave while watching a UNC vs. DUKE and/or NC State game.
Just cuss, let it all out, yell at the TV, they can hear you, maybe throw that pillow. Oh and if you're at the game, yell some more, maybe cry, but don't get caught crying on the TV. You're angry...real angry..they're terrible people...this game means A LOT! (it never gets old.)
12. When Dad became a NASCAR driver
This was usually on a 'don't tell mom basis.' But, something about the Blue Ridge Parkway or a long country road brought out the speed demon in Dad. You probably thought it was the COOLEST thing ever.
13. Weeklong vacations on the NC coast.
"Dad are you seriously going to wear those shorts, you're embarrassing me." 13-yr. old me. Yes, Dad's beach style was always interesting, but we had never seen Dad so relaxed, and we actually enjoyed it!
14. When Dad 'would' get emotional
Maybe high school or college graduation, our wedding days, our first big job...men are notorious for 'hiding' their feelings but we all have experienced when Dad was so proud, maybe a small tear rolled down his cheek!
What are some of your favorite ‘Dad’ memories? Share in the comments.