Written by cycleguy on June 3rd, 2014

We often talk about pride being bad. Floyd’s Second Chance talked about the danger of pride out of whack.

But, as you know, there is also a good pride.

Pride in your work.

Pride in a job well done.

Pride in watching someone excel whom you believed in and encouraged.

Pride in a family member.

It is this last one I am speaking of in this post. Today (June 3rd), or yesterday depending on when you are reading this, is my oldest daughter, Tami’s, (_________) birthday. Wisdom says don’t list the age of a woman. All I will say is she told one of her best friends she will not be in town next year for her 40th birthday. Oops I slipped! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What she doesn’t know…and since this will be after the fact…her friend is taking her out to eat and giving her a rousing (_____) birthday party.

I am proud of Tami.

She is single and although there are times she laments that fact, she is for the most part content in it.

She is a teacher of pre-schoolers in a magnet school in Knoxville, TN. She has been at the school for several years now. A magnet school has a good portion of their students “bussed” in and many come from terrible homes. She is not allowed to hug her kids or give the kind of affirmation she is “bent” to give. She cannot tell a child “that is a beautiful plane” because it may not be. Gag!

She is a runner. Fed up with her physical health and condition, she took up running. She started walking, then running/walking. I’m proud of her for taking this initiative. She still has some health challenges but is trying to take a proactive approach to them.

She just finished a course on Health Coaching and wants to put it to use by helping others (especially children) find answers to their health issues.

She is a follower of Jesus. Yes, this should have been first. She is, above all, a lover of Jesus. And that makes me the most proud of all.

Happy belated birthday Tami. You are definitely one of my favorite daughters. I love you.


24 Comments so far ↓

  1. TC Avey says:

    Yes, there certainly is a place for good pride, especially in our kids. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tami Grandi says:

    awww as if I didn’t have tears already flowing tonight I have them now. I was totally surprised by the birthday dinner and I have some amazing friends. I am truly blessed!

    • cycleguy says:

      Yeah, mom and I almost came down to surprise you but after you spent time with her this past weekend, I nixed the idea. Too much driving for an hour visit. But I love you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus we look forward to seeing you later this month. Glad for your friends.

  3. Happy birthday to my fellow East Tennessean, Tami. I love the love you have in her, Bill. One day when trek down to see Tami, we will have to meet up.

  4. Daniel says:

    Nice tribute. I believe you when you say that she is one of your favorite children.

  5. Betty Draper says:

    For sure pride in our children is a good kind of pride. Our adult children need a coach more then anything and from what I can tell you have coach her well. And she sounds like a courageous wise women.

  6. Awww, cute.
    Good for her for taking up running and getting her health in check!

  7. Eileen says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday to Tami! I can tell you are a proud dad! Looks like I live only about 2 hrs away from you daughter!

    • cycleguy says:

      Just a tad Eileen. She was just down in Atlanta Memorial Day weekend. probably pretty close to you then.

    • Tami Grandi says:

      Thanks Eileen. Where do you live? I may have to make arrangements to say hey sometime. And I was in the Atlanta area- Acworth/Kennesaw area actually (I may have spelled that wrong)

  8. Debbie says:

    Lots to be proud of with your Tami! Sending late happy birthday wishes!