Wednesday’s Wise Words to Live By #12
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Holly Dunn’s song, Daddy’s Hands. As I got older, “I have come to understand, there was always love in daddy’s hands.”
I am blessed to have two special people to celebrate this Father’s Day – my husband and my dad.
Every little boy deserves to have a great dad to look up to and emulate. Luckily, my three boys have an exceptional father.
I truly believe my husband’s greatest motivator in life is providing for and caring for his family. Everything he does, he does for me and his boys.
He is also the father of my children. I have the privilege, everyday, of watching the man I love being a father to our children. I am a lucky woman.
It is amazing to me, how a man, who did not have a father in his home for most of his childhood, can become such a loving role model for his own children. He is certainly not perfect, but there is no denying that he loves his children. They are the center of his life, and they adore him in return.
Our five year old, Nathan, always says, “When I grow up, I want to be a daddy.” I couldn’t think of a better compliment to give to a father.
I am my father’s daughter.
Of his three girls, I think I am the one who not only looks the most like him, but also acts the most like him.
Like my husband, he did not have a great father figure role model in his life. In fact, his own father abandoned him when he was little. One day he was there; the next he was gone.
Despite the lack of a father in his life, or perhaps, in spite of it, he has always been there for me and my sisters.
My father, being in the Coast Guard, would often be away for several weeks and even a couple months at a time. But, when he was home he would turn all his attention to us girls. I have many fond memories of dying Easter eggs, trick-or-treating, swimming, sledding, playing basketball, and tickle torture sessions, to name a few.
We may not have always had the closest of relationships as I got older, but I never doubted his love for me. He never says much, but his actions speak volumes.
Now Dad is Pop Pop, and my boys couldn’t ask for a better grandpa. He has always been one of the most important people in all five of his grandchildren’s lives.
Last year my parents moved back to Montana after Dad retired so my children are now lucky to have them him close and see him almost daily. But, even when he lived thousands of miles away they still had a great relationship with their Pop Pop, as do my sister’s kiddos who live five hours away.
So, to the two fathers in my life: Thank you & I love you!Who do you celebrate on Father’s Day & why?