The Best Man

Has anyone ever told YOU or have YOU ever heard the saying, ‘Marry someone just like YOUR father.’ Well, when I was younger I gave people the ‘ugly face’ whenever they told me. I mean I literally thought it was disgusting. I didn’t want to think about it. But as I got older I realized that the saying wasn’t speaking ‘physically’ but more mentally as it pertains to personality traits and spiritual base. Now that, I can get with, after understanding it from a different view point and breaking it down it made all the sense in the world to me. You see the man that helped raised you should have instilled some qualities in you that reflect him as well as allowed you to see and become very familiar with how a real man should treat a woman.

If any man has anything to say about what I expect of them and how I expect to be treated they can see my DAD, Tony McDaniel. In my 33 years on this earth I have watched him be the ‘Head of the Household,’ a provider, a great friend, a great brother, a great uncle, a great co-worker, a great boss, a great coach, a great man of God, and an AMAZING Father!!!!!! He has taught me that NOTHING comes easy BUT with preparation it ALL will come.  I’ve learned about endurance as I watched him go through some very tough times with family and friends.  I’ve learned that by the end of the day a lot of things may have been said but what matters most is the LOVE you have for your family. I’ve learned that FAMILY will be taken care of by any means necessary.  I’ve learned that COMMUNICATION is vital to making a marriage last for 33 years (and counting). I’ve learned that being able to lean on each other is important. I’ve learned that if you have someone that balances you out together you have the complete package. I can go on and on but what I want to make clear is that without Tony McDaniel being the man he has been, the man he is and the man he continues to be in my life YOU would not be privy’ to the MOCA I am TODAY!!!!!!!

If you have ever wondered where I get my ‘mouth of the south’ from…it’s from him because he can be long-winded. If you wondered where I get my outgoing personality from…it’s from him because he never meets a stranger. If you wondered where I get my organizational skills from…it’s from him because he researches and plans things to a tee. If you ever wondered where I get my grind from…it’s from him because once he makes up in his mind he wants to do something he doesn’t rest until it’s done and done right.

It ALWAYS brings a smile to my face to know that the man that most know as ‘Tony Mac” with the witty one-liners to make everybody laugh, pearls of wisdom that you catch in conversation, and that everyone wants to be around has always been known to me as…. DAD!!!!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to not only THE BEST FATHER but also BEST MAN I know…. TONY L. MCDANIEL!!!!!! I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS!!!!!!

ABOUT AUTHOR

  • This column is designed to doing just what the title says...Living Out Loud. Moca will discuss and give advice about life and everything that comes along with it. She is an ordinary woman with extraordinary insight. I'm very opinionated and I don't hesitate to speak my mind. Now what you read you may not always agree with and that's fine. Agreeing to disagree is healthy dialogue. What I write is not gospel but it is MOCA, Living Out Loud!!! So, I hope you Laugh, Learn, and Live Out Loud through this column. Do you have a question or concern that you want to address to Moca? If so email her at mocasayz@yahoo.com All inquires will be anonymous.

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