Personal View: I am grateful for my dad because he is a huge impact on me

David Reed, Staff Reporter

I am grateful for dad because he is always putting others before himself. He is always making sure we have everything we need to be successful. He is always willing to sacrifice something he needs so that we could get what we need. He served in the military for about 24 years. While he was in the military he was always willing to deploy, if it meant that he could help others. That is all my dad is about- helping others and not expecting to get anything in return. 

During his time in the military he got Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes daytime drowsiness. There was one time in the summer of 2017, when my family was visiting my sisters in Washington. We were going to the Seattle Aquarium, but to get there we had to cross the Seattle Sound. While we  were waiting for the boat to come, my dad was standing up so that we could all have a place to sit. As he was standing he started to close his eyes as if he was about to fall asleep and he almost fell backwards; at this time we did not know that he had Narcolepsy. 

While this was happening, we thought it was just because he was tired, and we thought it funny, but as my mom got him doctors appointments, they realized that it was Narcolepsy, and that he would have to medically retire. My dad is also suffering from PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder. 

He was one of the hardest working people I know. While he was in the military, he took a lot of deployments, because he knew it would always help the people in whatever country he was going to. He may have had to miss my sisters birth, some holidays, and birthdays, he always found a way to make it up to us. 

Whenever we are falling behind in any of our classes, he is always the one who will notify us. He will explain why it is important to keep up, and why we should always try our best to excel no matter the circumstance. He is the one that is always willing to help, and if he doesn’t know the answer he is always willing to point us in the right direction of someone who does. He will punish us if he knows it will teach us a lesson. I am grateful for my dad, because he is a huge impact on my life, whether it is helping me with something, or giving up his time to help others. He is one person that I look up to.