Lessons from My Daddy

To the Daddy that asked me when I first started dating Domi, “Honey, does he treat you right?” And my answer was, “Sometimes he even looks at me the way you do.” I love you.

I was a blessed little girl with two adoring and doting fathers and today is one of those fathers’ birthdays. So, I thought it would be the perfect day to share some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from him.

My daddy is a kind, hysterically funny, and ever-so-loving soul. He may have felt like he wasn’t around enough during my childhood because he was working so hard to provide the life he believes my dad and I deserve, but he had such an impact on my upbringing that I think he doesn’t even realize.

Here are just some of the many, many lessons from my sage, comedian, real-estate loving, CPA (who happens to have been born on tax day) father:

He taught me what unconditional love is. He showed me what it meant to love someone unendingly and he showed me the kind of big, great love that is possible when you let your heart lead you.

He taught me what incredible determination and what hard work looks like. As a child, my daddy was bullied in elementary school, middle school, high school and beyond, yet he didn’t let that crush him—instead, it made him the fiercest of warriors determined to create the life of his dreams.

He taught me to dream and reach for the stars and then buckle down and do the work so that those dreams can become realities. Every time my daddy accomplishes something he dangles the metaphorical carrot just a little bit further. He works just a little bit more to reach his next goal and never gives up until he has created exactly what his heart desires.

My daddy showed me that no matter what your age is you can work out like a boss and that age is truly just a number. I’m so not kidding. He goes to the gym more than I do and he is 42 years my senior…I should be embarrassed!! But how can I be when my super cool father has a six-pack?!

Dennis Duban is an incredible man and we can all learn from him. These lessons weren’t just tidbits I picked up as a child, but examples that I have used in order to shape my life and I hope some of them strike an important chord with you as well. He has overcome so much and manifested and worked hard for a beyond phenomenal life. He always claims to learn from me even though as far as I can see it, his wisdom exceeds mine tenfold. But he hears my voice and appreciates my input even though I am less experienced, younger and see things from such a different point of view.

I am so proud to be his daughter. I am so thankful that he has taught me so much. I believe his heart has the ability to make the world a more loving, especially-funny place.

Happy birthday, Daddy I love you to the sun and the moon and back. I hope you have an incredible day and that the lessons you have taught me are able to ripple out into the world we live in and I hope everyone during this trying time feels the unconditional love you have shown me throughout my entire life.

Happy happy day. XOXOXOX, CAMDW

  • Wow!!!! I’m all teared up!!!! That is an amazing and accurate tribute from a daughter of perfection!!!!! I love you both so much♥️♥️♥️

  • Chelsea…what a stunning tribute to your father. As a parent, I know how incredible it is to raise children that truly have an impact on the world. He must be so proud of you. Strength and love, Connie

  • Oh my. Nothing to say except Thank you my love. Thank you for opening my heart. And accepting me. Love, daddy