My Dad Won $400 In the Lottery By Playing My Bib Number

While I started my college career at UCF in Orlando (and then went to FIU for a year), I ened up graduating from FAU in Boca Raton. The FAU mascot is the burrowing owl (because we have a ton of them on campus, plus owls are wise).

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A few years ago FAU made it into a bowl game that was actually played on ESPN! I watched with my dad and showed him how we do the Hoot Salute down in south Florida! (Yes, we think this makes us look like owls).

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For many years my dad and I were not close at all. It wasn’t until I went to grad school full time and was juggling that on top of teaching a section of Public Speaking to freshman/sophomores and working full time as a public relations manager that we grew close.

My dad is the hardest working person I know, and he would always remind me to be grateful for the opportunities I was given. I really relied on my dad’s pep talks during that time, and we’ve grown so close since then.

When I ran my second half marathon in February my dad got up at 4AM to drive to Orlando to see me before the race.

When I crossed the finish line he took so many photos that I felt like the paparazzi had somehow mistaken me for a really sweaty celebrity.

My dad played my bib number in the lottery and won $400! : )

Adam says because my dad has never said “no” to me in my entire life I sometimes think I’m a princess who should always get her way. My dad says, “that’s right.”

Hah, thanks Dad!

PS: I can’t forget Adam who is the best cat dad! <3

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there today!!! I hope you have a really special day! 

Mr. Running Schlub I hope you had a great Father’s Day half marathon!

6 comments

  1. dawn @ running the dawn

    yay for dad! love you guys and the owl faces 🙂 dads are the best!
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  2. Kim

    I love the Hoot Salute!
    Happy Father’s Day to your dad and Adam!! Your dad sounds like a great guy!
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  3. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Have I ever mentioned that my sister goes to FAU right now? She’s getting her master’s there.

    Your dad seems like a great, supportive guy!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Really?! That’s awesome! I definitely bounced around schools during undergrad and eventually fell in love with FAU because of my professors. When I got to FAU it was the first time that I really felt like the professors cared that the students were learning, and that’s why I chose to do my master’s there too. It was less about the program and more about getting to work with the same professors for a few more years. I hope your sister has the same great experience!

  4. Lou @ Running Through China

    Love the hoot salute! 🙂 Definitely looks like owls, no worries.

    Your dad sounds like a wonderful and supportive dad. Hope he had a lovely father’s day, and that Adam (being Cecil’s ‘dad’) did too!

    🙂

  5. Karen

    That’s so sweet! How wonderful your Dad came to share a running moment with you 🙂
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