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Contributor: Lauren Diamond

Whether he’s your biological father, the man who raised you like his own child, or simply the man who’s always been there for you, now is the perfect time to recognize and honor the father in your life.


This Father’s Day, we’re taking a moment to talk about our own dads and what makes them so gosh-darn great! Thanks for always being there for us with a comforting hug, some good advice, or a cheesy joke to lighten the mood. We love you!


And to all the dads out there: Happy Father’s Day, from all of us at Peninsulas! Thanks for bringing a little more love to the world!

 

 

Robert Jameson: Like Father, Like Son

"Mark Twain once said, ‘When I was a boy of 14, I thought my father was so ignorant that I could barely stand to have him around. When I turned 21, I was amazed at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.’ My father has continued to amaze me with every passing year.

“A man of few words, my dad laid down a path of integrity and honesty for me to follow. But every time I found myself straying from that path or tripping over my own feet (trust me, there have been many times!) he was always there to pick me up, dust me off, and point me in the right direction.

“People who know both of us always comment how similar we are in appearance and manor. I can’t think of a higher compliment.”


 

 

Sherri Lawton Jameson: "My Dad is Humble and Caring"

"The reason I love this photo so much is the look on my dad’s face – he just looks so proud. He knows how to make me feel special too, when he calls, he always asks for his “favorite" daughter – even though I’m an only child!

"My dad has a very dry sense of humor and an amazing work ethic. I really admire the volunteer work he does at the Howell Nature Center. He is on the board of directors and tends to the animals at the rehabilitation clinic. I went with him to release a hawk once, and it was incredible to see a previously injured hawk fly again.

"As he would tell it, I rope him into helping me out, but I think he secretly enjoys it. He built the fixtures in both the Berkley and the Cross Village stores. When I renovated my first house (it was pretty rough), he cleaned out all the bugs and mouse droppings and helped with the renovations. Neither of us will ever attempt to put wallpaper up on a ceiling ever again!" 

 

 

Rachel Hughes is Truly Thankful for Her Father

My dad is the strongest person I know. He’s proved that this year more than ever. He has always worked tirelessly to support our family and he has taught that work ethic to me and my siblings. He is goofy, resilient and loves his family more than anything. We’re blessed to have him."

 

 

Lauren Nyquist's Dad Always Sees the Glass Half Full

"My dad has been such a positive force in my life. He’s taught me to stand up for what I believe in, to think critically about the world around me and to ask questions. He’s instilled the belief in me that things will end up alright if I hang on and have faith. He can be very brave (thanks for killing all those spiders) but will definitely still get misty-eyed thinking about the people he loves, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Love you Dad."

 

 

Lauren Diamond: "I’m Lucky to Have a Dad Like You

"My dad has always been the cool dad. I have vivid memories of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty coming from the stereo in the garage on Saturdays, soothing Nirvana melodies as we went to sleep some nights. He taught me to ski and tried to show me how to bowl and shoot pool. My dad has a confident walk and is well spoken, but he’s friendly - it doesn’t matter where we are - in a bar in Gladwin, an art opening in Detroit, or walking in the UAW parade in Pontiac, he will know someone and stops to say hello. And if he doesn’t know someone right away, he will leave having made new friends.

"I also know his gentle and loving side. He’d sweetly call the cat to lounge on his lap as he read the morning paper. When we’d take the boat out to Charity Island, he would carry both me and my sister over patches of poison ivy so we could explore the lighthouse. He’s fixed my car, helped me paint my house, and gifted me Adobe Photoshop when I showed an interest in photography as a kid. One of my favorite memories is when he bundled me up and we trekked through the snow together to get donuts before the sun came up.

"I guess I’m pretty lucky to have such a cool dad. I love you lots!"

 

Maggie LaFramboise's Dad is the Real Deal

My dad will do anything and everything for the people he loves. Over the past 18 years he has shown me how the power of empathy and understanding can change your life for the better. Whenever my mom, younger sister and I are in the same room, he loves to say 'it’s my favorite women in the world all in one place.'"