[Editor’s Note: I posted this to her blog, but I also wanted to post it here. When Allie said she had to write a short essay about her hero, and asked who her hero is, I pointed vaguely to myself jokingly. She said, “Oh, right! My dad!” I said, “You’re an easy mark.” I swear she did not receive any help in drafting this from her mom or me; possibly from grandparents, but not from us! I edited the spelling and punctuation, but this is all hers. Mary says this is going on my tombstone.]
He has Marfan syndrome. It is a miracle he is alive. His aorta dissected in January. So, really, he is a miracle from the Lord! He is one of the main supporters of our family, teaching college English, and he does garden work.
[Editor’s note: From her Father’s Day Card:
You are a great dad.
You work for us.
You cook for us.
You take care of us.
Keep up the good work!
Love, your daughter, Allie Hathaway, age 9”]