Robert Le Barley is my dad. Growing up the daughter of Bob Barley is really fairly cool. He loves his kids and was always there for us to help us grow, learn and be better people in the world.
In honor of Father’s Day — I thought it would be fun to think of the 42 father memories I have in honor of the best dad in the world.
top 42 for her top dad
2. My dad and I went to a Fleetwood Mac concert together for Father’s Day one year.
3. My dad use to let me sit on his lap and let me “drive” the triumph spitfire into the garage although I was six.
4. My dad tears up when he thinks of the day he met my mom.
6. My dad and I went and saw my favorite movie Footloose together.
7. My dad sold me his wonderful RX-7, at a really great rate, when I was in college!
8. My dad taught me the value of making a list of pros and cons.
9. My dad was the coach of my softball team.
10. My dad taught me how to: not step in the bucket, to pitch at top speed, and even built me a pitching backstop for the back yard.
11. My dad loves to fish, has always loved to fish and will always love to fish in the future.
12. My dad attends jazz camp in the summer.
13. My dad taught me how to invest in mutual funds and read the stock report in the newspaper when I was in high school.
14. My dad takes piano lessons.
15. My dad always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be — well, with the exception of being a singer.
16. My dad let me go off the high dive when I was 2 years old.
17. My dad loves tuttimare at Zia’s.
18. My dad knows how to catch, and then cook, a great snapper.
19. My dad and I went camping together — just the two of us — after dropping Pete off at college and he let me drink a beer although I was still in high school.
20. My dad is really talented when it comes to painting, fixing, mending, and using a saw.
21. My dad and I always lost the rake leaf contest.
22. My dad is an amazing athlete — he was drafted for some professional baseball farm teams — has climbed tennis ladders — has won fishing tournaments (even within the last year) — and might have a bowling trophy or two.
23. My dad still gets annoyed when he is talking to me on the phone and my mom keeps interrupting him to remind him of all the important parts he is forgetting.
24. My dad is one of the most positive people that I know.
25. My dad gave me a book called: “swimming the Shane Gold way” when I was 12 to help me improve my swimming techniques. Yes, a book to help me swim.
26. My dad made up fun fishing competitions when Pete and I were little to help entertain ourselves. We won 10 cents for the largest fish, the most fish, the smallest fish etc.
27. My dad always loved having a family basement with a pool table, ping pong table and darts.
28. My dad was the first in his immediate family to graduate high school – let alone graduate college, get his MBA and selected for a special management program at Harvard Business School.
29. My dad can be slightly obsessive on various topics of the moment — such as researching, charting, graphing etc.
30. My dad is the bionic man — with knees and hips and the sorts.
31. My dad loves having his family all together.
32. My dad looks 15 years younger than he is — and that has been the story of his life!
33. My dad really puts his energy behind projects he believes in.
34. My dad really handled my move to California well.
35. My dad has water skied backwards.
36. My dad drinks Manhattans.
37. My dad told me that Grandma Hugs lived in a buffalo and I believed it for many of my younger years.
38. My dad built me the most amazing three-story doll house with an elevator when I was into barbies.
39. My dad use to meet us downtown after work so we could eat at Lum’s and then go to the Cardinal baseball game.
40. My dad stopped eating peanuts after 41 – 1/2 years (that I am aware of) of having dry-roasted peanuts at every happy hour.
41. My dad use to sing “bye, bye Miss America pie” when I would ride off on
my first purple, banana seat – two wheeler that was named Miss America.
42. My dad is really the best dad in the world.