my dad is really awesome

Crow time!

My dad is really awesome. His name is Terry Holum but prefers the name T-Hol, to which we all oblige. I inherited a lot of great traits from him like my addiction to chocolate, excessive competitiveness, and an over all laid back sense of life and humor. I love my dad more than anything as he has supported me without fail in every aspect of my life, with the exception of when I once dyed my hair hot pink. Literally it was neon and I was 16, but we've moved on.

years ago

He taught me to play baseball, which turned out to be the first love of my life. Taught me to ride a bike. He had innovative ways of making me a better softball player such as teaching me to catch and judge fly balls by launching potatoes out of a "spud gun" in the backyard much to my mom's delight.

He taught me to fight my own battles, when I felt life was unfair, and let me challenge my teachers and coaches on my own. I thus survived AP calculus even though to this day I know Mrs. Wilson hated me and graded my tests on an extreme curve.

In college when softball for the first time in my life was challenging for me, he never let me show an ounce of wavering, and came to every game my freshmen year just to watch me sit on the bench. He told me to prove to the coaches why I should play everyday at practice and be the best cheerleader on the bench. I am not a cheerleader, and this one was tough to hear, but I played the next year and he was right.

When I faced a bout with cancer and had a softball worth of tissue removed from my inner thigh and had to be on crutches for 6 weeks, he made sure I had the top of the line ergonomic crutches that actually had shocks on them and I was able bounce around like "Tigger".

Since I began my career with lululemon I have realized that my dad's love reaches beyond a classroom or baseball diamond, it has surprisingly made its way to a yoga mat. My dad has worked in construction for the past 30 years, built our home from scratch, plays every sport known to man, will only drink Coors Light, which is referred to as "God's Brew" in our house, and is not exactly the portrait of a yogi. Think of Paul Bunyan practicing tree pose, and you can imagine my dad in his first yoga session. Nonetheless every Saturday morning you will find him and my mom tucked in the corner of our La Jolla store practicing yoga with the other guests in our community.

beer along the day

He now brags to the rest of his "God's Brew" drinking crew after slo-pitch softball games of his pain free joints thanks to yoga, which at most times he is met with a lot of laughter and banter. But he proudly shows them the inside of his Metal Vent Tech shirt that says "And make sure to drink a beer or two along the way", and he is right back in there with the studs at Hooley's Pub.

He has found a way to be a part of my life by exploring an area he would never even consider beforehand. He is a man who is comfortable in his ways, and hates the idea of the unknown and change. For him to practice yoga and to say the words "hey get me one of those mandukas so I can get into crow's pose" gives me goose-bumps and truly reminds me how lucky I am to have him as a father. From the softball diamond to the yoga mat, he has been there so hopefully he will be happy at father's day brunch with his new manduka mat instead of golf clubs this year. I am literally getting married in a week from Father's Day, and cannot think of a luckier girl to walk down the aisle on the arm of my daddy. Who by the way requested a yoga session the morning of the wedding to stay calm and centered…gotta love him.

father and daughter

Happy Father’s Day T-Hol, I love you! Namaste.

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this was a really funny, heartwarming, and touching post! thanks for sharing whitney!

Comment by Tracy — June 19, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

I laughed, I cried, this post has it all. I especially like the family resemblance that comes through in the last pic.

Comment by Sheena — June 19, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

I also got really choked up when I read this post. I really felt like I got to know you and your dad by reading this. Awwwwh. Can’t wait to see more features on here like this!

Comment by Carolyn — June 19, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

I love T-Hol already! How rad that he’s getting a Manduka.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — June 19, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

This was amazing. Made me giggle and cry all at the same time. Straight from her heart to mine. Love it.

Comment by gin — June 19, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

Great stuff Whitney! You & your Dad are awesome! Reading this really brings to light how important family is.

Comment by Stan — June 19, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

Awesome, Whit! with family you can. Live happy,Love happy & Be Happy!!

Comment by James Labshere — June 19, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

great great great post, Whitney! And Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there!!!

Comment by Shawna — June 20, 2009 @ 4:00 am

Whit– what a wonderful tribute to your dad. The bond you two share is truly special. That is what family is all about. If all dads were as loving and supportive as yours, the world would be a better place.

Comment by Cheryl — June 20, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

Absolutely LOVED this read…beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

Comment by Krissy L — June 20, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

Whitters and T-Hol,
This is too cute. Happy Father’s day and Happy Wedding day in 1 week.
Great writing!

Comment by Julie Q. — June 21, 2009 @ 12:57 am

Soooo great! Loved reading this!

Comment by Laura — June 21, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

Hei…great story of your Dad…and..congratulations on your up-coming wedding!!!

Comment by Poh — June 21, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

This was so touching. I was tearing up when I was reading it. So glad to know that you have such a great relationship with your dad :) It’s very inspiring! Congratulations on your wedding :)

Comment by Lisha — June 30, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

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