Glad You’re My Dad! Contest winning essay
My dad is special to me because… He’s a one-of-a-kind dad. He is understanding, very funny, loving and much more. Whenever I ever have a problem at school, he’s the one that is there to explain everything. Sometimes I can ask a lot of questions! Usually when I’m sick I’ll always ask for my dad, and he’ll come home from work for a while and stay with me. Sometimes he’ll make funny faces! Also sometimes we even play hide and seek in the dark! Sometimes he takes me, my brother and mom to special places like Craig’s Cruisers, camping and we go to the movies. I even come to work with him sometimes, he works on cars. I try to help around the house and when I do he rewards me with money. He always has lots of surprises! He is the smartest dad around. He knows how to get things done. He works very hard to pay the bills. Every day he comes home with a backache. Sometimes he even has me stand on his back, to crack his back. To the greatest dad ever! Thank you for everything. I love you!
GREENVILLE — Glen Strouse thought he was going to Larry’s Northtown Furniture and Appliance Friday morning to help his mom, Fran, pick out a new chair.
Instead, he stood speechless when told that his 10-year-old daughter, Faith, had entered The Daily News/Larry’s Northtown “Glad You’re My Dad!” contest and won a new chair for him. Just in time for Father’s Day.
“Usually when I’m sick I’ll always ask for my dad, and he’ll come home from work for a while and stay with me,” wrote Faith, who is going to be a fourth grader at Woodview Elementary in Belding. “Sometimes he’ll make funny faces! Also sometimes we even play hide and seek in the dark!”
The Daily News partnered with Larry’s for this contest and asked folks to write a 250-word essay on why their dad should win a rocker/recliner plus a one-year subscription to the newspaper. Faith said her mom, Liza, told her about the contest and that it took her about an hour to write her letter describing her dad.
She summarized his best qualities as “loving, funny and caring.” Glen Strouse, who is self-employed, sometimes works six or seven days a week and said he knew exactly where his new chair would be placed. He gave his daughter a hug after being told what she had done. Then he picked a chocolate brown Catnapper chaise/recliner from Larry’s selection.
“I’m a pretty humble dude,” he said. “I don’t expect too much. I do everything myself.”
Strouse’s wife, Liza, said the family plans to get together for dinner on Saturday night “so we can relax on Sunday.”