This year I have 2 fathers in my life. One, of course, being my own dad and the other, my wonderful husband, who’s now the dad to our 7 month old daughter. I’m going to take a moment to honor both of them.
My dad was always there for my brother and me – playing hide and go seek; taking us to the museum; and attending every sporting event possible.
He’s also a great cook; still when I visit, I ask him to make my favorites.
He often taught us things by modeling them – like commitment and faithfulness to God and the church. Service and generosity while helping those in need.
One of the most important lessons my dad taught me was to “Sit with the lonely kid in the lunchroom”.
His stories emphasized the importance of being friendly to the less popular kids – likely to be one of the reasons I studied social work in college. In several of my past jobs I spent a lot of time with those viewed as “less popular” to let them know they matter and have a voice. People’s feelings are more important than being “cool”. My own children will soon hear the wise words of my father.
While dating, I wondered what kind of father my future husband would be… and then I saw him with his little cousins and I knew he would be amazing. He was gentle, playful, and firm and that’s exactly the kind of father he is to Zoe.
I love watching them together or listening to them from another room. He’s so patient and fun and already teaching her important stuff like web development, coding, Star Trek, and how to walk. She gets so excited when she sees him walk in the door.
I’m so proud to be his partner in this journey of parenthood and excited for all the adventures ahead.
Happy Father’s Day