I Will Always Love You - Reasons Why I Love My Dad- Happy Birthday Keith D. Smith
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This is my dad Keith:
From his photo you can see that he is a very “Classic man”. Some call him Mr. Pretty Ricky. He is well kept, down to earth, cool, calm, and collected. This man is the epitome of what a father and a man should be.
I am actually typing this as I lay in the bed across from him, listening to him run his mouth on the phone with our cousin in Georgia. More background story: “Keith” as I call him, and I were driving down the road on Sunday and the conversation went something like this:
Keith: “I want to go to DC.”
Me: “ I love DC, I’m going fo my birthday in May. When are you trying to go ?”
Me: “Dad, I don’t have any clothes.”
Keith: “ You can finesse it.”
I want you all to know that I live approximately two hours and thirty minutes away from this man. I came home for the weekend to celebrate his birthday. I pack at the last minute and only pack what I need. So the short story is, we made it to DC. I still have very little clothes, only the necessities but I did it only for this man. Let me add that he has no consideration nor accommodation for my self care schedule.
We traveled the city all day by foot so of course when he gets in he is tired. He demands that all the lights be turned off and I turn the volume down on everything.
This morning, he desires to go to the African American museum. His job is to wake up at 6:00 am to secure tickets, key word being “his” job. Keith wakes up turns on all the lights, opens the blinds, proceeds to ask me thousands of questions, runs that mouth on the phone, and is persistent on talking to me. We are even discussing me being his power of attorney when his time comes.
I am NOT a morning person!
So, you can imagine my attitude right now. He’s sitting there asking me if I’m “in the lab” as we call it. I sure am Keith, and later you’ll find out I am writing about you, and if you keep acting up this could go left real quick. However, even through all of this. I still can acknowledge my love for Keith is deep rooted. Can someone remind me why I love him again?
In honor of Keith David Smith’s 53rd Birthday, here are
5 REASONS WHY I LOVE MY DAD
Keith is my first love, who taught me how to love
At a young age I struggled with severe asthma. I would wake up in the middle of the night with asthma attacks. Guess who got up EVERY time and took me on long walks to control my breathing? When I was in school, he would show up with Valentines Day presents every year. He never missed a birthday or a performance. He always tells me “Essence, I am going to show you what real love is because when you get a man you need to know how you deserve to be treated.” What’s crazy is, this man lost his mother at a young age and has a “unique” relationship with my grand daddy but somehow he manages to love all his kids unconditionally. I seriously could start crying when I think about it but if you’ve seen our bond you know that the love runs deep-deep.
2. Keith taught me confidence and how to take constructive criticism
If you know Keith then you know that man can work a room. I always had this super man complex when it came to Keith but seeing him work a room is really one of his super powers. He really doesn’t like a lot of attention but when he walks in a room he owns it. Having low self esteem, Keith would gas me up to the point were I too began to do the same. Out of all his kids we are probably the most alike when it comes to this trait. I can hear him now “Don’t be scared, don’t be a punk lol”. With confidence came constructive criticism aka tough love. He tells it like it is. If I can do something better he is going to let me know. I remember too well when I started to dance and I started to really get into it. I came off stage and he was hype so I know I did my thing. He turns to me and hypes me up but then says “baby, you were a little early on this one part.” I watched the video back and I sure was lol. If I am going out and I try something on I’ll ask his opinion and he gives me 100% honesty. Sometimes I’m perfect 10’s across the board and other times I need work. I know it’s never from a bad place and that’s what I love about him.
3. Keith is my partner in crime
I don’t really mean crime but if I every need an alibi I know who to call, if he picks up the phone. What I mean is he’s my road dog. He shares a special bond with all his kids but in my head he’s MY daddy. Unfortunately, my brother had him first (luck of the draw) and I’ve been leasing him out since 1992 but he is my dad. I could call this man for anything and he will find a way. He can call me too and he knows that I am that child to call for his spontaneous moments. I can think of so many things that we’ve done together.
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4. Keith allowed me to grow my own faith with God
Aight so boom, check it. Believe it or not I grew up in the church. This is partly due to both my mother and my step mother. I’m talking about church pageants, choirs, attending church each and EVERY Sunday, going to hallelujah night (Halloween), church anniversaries, you name it I was present and accounted for. Back in the day when my parents were together, we went to church without my dad. I used to ask him every Sunday “Dad why aren’t you going to church with us?” I can’t remember his response but I just know he didn’t go. Overtime, I don’t know what occurred but he started to go. It started off as just attending and then he became more involved. I’ve seen his faith grow over the years and to this day he is an usher at Union Baptist Church. He normalized religion to me, If that makes any sense. Keith showed me that you have to have your own walk with God. Let’s keep it 100, Christians can be very judgemental. I have seen some “Christians” do some very strange things. The extreme judgement sometimes made me question the church but my faith never wavered. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior even though I may not act like your typical believer by going to church every day or being a bible thumper. Do believe that you’ll find me on my knees every night and I know what a mighty God I serve. This is partly due to Keith.
5. Keith taught me how to Live Finesse
Keith has a natural zest for life. If I am honest he is the King of Finesse. This man could be in any city and still have a plug or connection. If he doesn’t he is going to make one. I’ve seen this man at highs and lows in his life. He always keeps a cool head and maneuvers through it seamlessly. Growing up, he would randomly get up and say things like “pack your bags, we are going to the beach today”. It’s moments like this that taught me how to think quick on my feet and through him I mastered the true art of finessing.
To Keith, on your 53rd birthday I want to say thank you. Thank you for loving me, my siblings, my friends you adopted , and the world.
I will always love you!
And As Always,✨
Essence Sylvia Smith
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From the Smith Gang
“Happy Birthday, Love You “
“ Happy Birthday! Hope year 53 treats you well, because it never looked so good. I’ve enjoyed our bond over the years, growing and learning more about each other. I look forward to having more talks and creating more memories with you. Love you dad. It don’t get no better than you Keith Smith, you it!
“ I love you old man !”
“Happy Birthday Daddyyy!”