Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

My hero goes by "Dad"

From the Editor


This past weekend my sisters and I went on a hike with my father then later treated him to a movie and dinner for Father’s Day. The whole time he was acting like a dad—wanting to pay for everything even though we’re trying to treat him, continuously warning us about tricky spots on the hiking trail, and giving sound advice about the proper gear to wear.

It’s days like these when I truly appreciate my father and realize just how lucky I am to have him.

My family gets along very well. Sure, we fight now and then. When we were kids, we were brats to each other. But eventually we always forgave each other. As we grew older, we grew even more close-knit. Although my sisters have their own families now and we’ve spread out, we’re still constantly in touch (usually in the form of text chains sharing funny stories about the kids or our lives).

Others are not so fortunate. My eyes were opened when I worked as a criminal paralegal for many years. I discovered the harsh reality for some families, from assaults against each other, to domestic violence, to kids being caught in the middle of fights. It was unthinkable to me that sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers could treat each other with such hatred. It still is difficult for me to comprehend, actually.

More than ever I’m grateful for my family.

When I’m in need of support or a pick me up, I know I can go to my sisters. If I need some life advice, my mom is always at hand. For any problems that come my way, I know my dad will be there to help.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for my father. He’s the one that showed me how to take apart a computer and put it back together. He’s always been an inspiration to stay fit as he conquers marathon after marathon (and longer races now) each year. He introduced me to and shared his love of sci-fi and fantasy stories. When I began writing, he encouraged me to keep going and committed himself to being my editor. When I stumble in life, he’s there to help me back to my feet.

I don’t feel I can ever say thank you enough, but I’m pretty sure he already knows how much I appreciate him.

And even when I try to treat him to dinner and a movie to show him how much I care, I’ll still find him sneakily attempting to pay for it, because that’s the dad he is.


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