This is a tough one Chutz. I don't think it is unusual for a daughter to admire her father. For me it is cause I am more like my dad was than my mother in personalities. I was about 14 when I really realized how much difference there was in my mother's thinking and mine.
I guess the person I admired the most or was my hero changed many times over the years while growing up. I had a teacher in 7th and 8th grade and then she became the high school English teacher when I was a freshman that I really admired. She had a daughter our age that didn't go to our school but I think it helped her to understand her students along the way since she was dealing with the same things at home with her own child. I loved English and Lit. so that really helped.
I always admired one of my aunts. She was so different from my mom and did so many things with my cousins, I was jealous. I would have moved in with them if my parents would have let me. I did stay there as much as I could in the summer. She has been gone about 5 yrs and I even admired her when she knew she was dying and how she cared more about making sure she told everyone she loved them before she left us than the fact she was dying.
Last but not least there was my dear beloved uncle that became my father figure after my dad passed. He was my dad's younger brother and since my dad couldn't be there for me I was blessed to have such a fantastic uncle. He too I admired til he took his last breath. I learned so much about the person I wanted to be from he and my aunt and they will always be my heros.
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