Father’s Day

On this father’s day, my son has been a father for eight years. My husband has been a father for 39 years and my father-in-law has been a father for close to 64 years.

Collectively that is a total of 111 years of parenting. Many times we do not give fathers the credit they deserve. Mother’s day traditionally conjures up more emotion and sentimentality. (Or at least it seems to be this way) I for one adored my father. He passed away quite young over forty years ago. I only got to know him the first fourteen years of my life. But every day he taught me very valuable lessons.  I have many fond memories of him although some are a little blurry now. My father was very protective of his children. I always knew he loved me. He always showed up and was present at all the important events of my life. He was there when I needed him. He was a generous man, had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh. As a tribute, I write him a letter every year to let him know what’s happening with his grandchildren and now great grand children. I am sure he looks down on all of us and must be so proud. I see a lot of him in my son.

My husband adores his children. He is enormously proud of their accomplishments. He cannot stand to know they are sick or hurting in any way. I see a lot of my father-in-law in him. My father-in- law recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He has become my dad too and I feel blessed to have had him in my life. My son is a great dad. He has three sons ranging in ages  from three months to sixteen years old. He manages his time to play with each of them. He shows up and is involved in their lives. He is an excellent role model.

I have watched my father-in-law, my husband and my son all closely as they see  their children from afar. There is a glow in their eyes and the love that flows is immense.

I want to wish them all a very Happy Father’s Day. We could not celebrate it together this year. But I hope they know how much I love them all and appreciate what wonderful fathers they have been.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you.