| thanks dad. two words every #dad, #baba, #papi, #father, #pops etcetera would love to hear during #graduations, award ceremonies, #touchdowns, hall of fame speeches, press conferences & more! thanks dad! two syllables. thanks. dad. thank dads for providing, working double shifts, sacrificing, the breaking of your back, teaching us how to walk, have a firm grip, to give eye contact & speak w/ confidence. thanks dads for being firm, to showing that tough love, for carrying that sleepy-pre-adolescent-dead weight up a flight of stairs, undressing us & putting on the favorite pajamas without waking us up. thanks dad for whooping my azz when i needed it. thanks dads for attempting to comb, braid, style, put a straight part in our hair so we could look #lookfly for the girls. thanks dads for that #hug, that vote of #confidence, instilling that never quit, work harder to #believeinself mentality. thanks dads for showing us how to hold out heads high, treat people w/ #respect, to #love hard, to watch our backs, to fight against #injustice, #racism, bigotry, inequality, #xenophobia, #homophobia & hatred. thanks dads for teaching us to travel, to not fear the unknown, to laugh hard, #dance hard, #sing hard; to not take ourselves seriously. thnaks dads for teaching us to cherish our friends & family; to #trust, to honor, to be #honest. thanks dads for teaching us how to swim, to throw a jab, to duck a hook, to beatbox, to moonwalk, to pop-lock & to spit bars. thanks dads for introducing us to jb, #mj, #prince, chaka, #stevie, donny, gladys, #sade, aretha, lauryn, jill, jimi, joni, p-funk, miles, #coltranr, bach, beethoven, nina, bob, #frla, the temps, the tops, #babyface, the whispers, #marvin, etwf & more. thanks dads for showing us the value of a dollar, to save & to invest. thanks dads for communicating w/ your eyes, w/ a head nod, a smile, or a hand gesture. thanks dads for being fearless leaders, leaders by example & examples of #manhood. thanks dads for teaching us to be superheroes in our universe (continued in the comments ).