I wrote a post for Mother’s Day, so I thought it would be fitting to write one for Father’s Day as well. I spoke about how my expectations for Mother’s Day and other special occasions are often inflated, which leaves me disappointed when things don’t go as planned. I notice that my husband, father, brother, brother in law, and father in law on special occasions such as this, are just happy to be recognized and don’t need much fanfare. I don’t know if this is true of all men or just of the important men in my life. Maybe, I just got lucky…
My kids both male and female expect a ticket tape parade and a marching band for their special days. One of my sons recently complained, “there is a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but why isn’t there a kids’ day?” My husband’s response to this was, “every day is kid’s day!” Ain’t that the truth! It’s not uncommon for them to plan their birthdays in intricate details months in advance. I’m continuously wondering how to get my kids to appreciate what they have.
Working in an area where many of the children do not have a father in the picture, I realize how fortunate my children are to have a loving father, who gives his all each and every day to them.
⁃ This man will often work all night and will be up in time to get the kids ready and off to school.
⁃ He will drive to the hockey rink 6 times a week for practices and games. (Full disclosure: 2 of the days are for his games.).
⁃ He will attend every school event/assembly that I can’t make due to my work schedule.
⁃ He folds mountains of laundry several times per month. (Partially, because my folding ability is sub par. I only lasted a summer working in the Gap. Mike would have been employee of the year with his folding skills. )
⁃ He can take apart just about any appliance and fix it.
⁃ He recognizes when I need a mommy time out and will give me the reprieve I need.
⁃ He does the majority of this without complaint & with a smile on his face.
How did we all get so lucky?
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s out there, especially to my baby daddy/partner in crime! A special shout out to my own father who taught me lessons in unconditional love, as well as the value of education and money management. He’s been one of my cheerleaders in my life. Happy Father’s Day to you all!!