To start with – Happy Father’s Day to all Dads, soon-to-be Dads and even Granddads. It was mentioned to me that Grandparents even have their own day, but I’ve never heard a grandparent yet, in conversation, who was ever noticed on THAT special day, so I have included them in this special group.
If you have a father still living, go and give him a hug and tell him you love him and are thankful to have him as your father. If you are missing your Dad, due to him passing away or absent due to serving in the Military, hang on tightly to a good memory and say a prayer. If your situation is not any of these, say a prayer anyway to say thanks for being born or, if you can, pick up the phone and say hello.
I am in the second group – my father passed away…gee, some fifteen (15) years now. I find myself voicing his ‘sayings’ more and more, laughing still at some of the stories he had told us and, sometimes, hearing an Irish song and find I am tearing up – no real reason, simply just remembering and feeling warm inside.
Do I miss him? Absolutely. To hear him laugh, start to sing an Irish ditty, flirt with my Mom (the love of his life for 65 years) has to be a memory now but how I wish……..
I watch now how my husband treats his children and my daughter. He has a wonderful shoulder to cry on, to sit and discuss life with and share himself selflessly with each of them, asking only that they be ‘good kids’. These kids are on the short side of becoming 5o years old but it doesn’t matter.
I digress and I don’t apologize for it. I have memories only of my Dad but can enjoy how my wonderful husband is with being Dad and Granddad to our family. So, once again, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. Enjoy the day and even if you still give the socks or golf balls as a gift, it will be appreciated because you care.