As I grow older, I realize that many holidays have very somber connotations for people. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day…it makes me so sad hearing that someone just wishes away the holidays. Now, as a newly-married woman (June 3, 2017) and not yet a parent, I find it hard to relate to some things. However, I see these holidays on the flip side.
I am fortunate enough to have a great father in my life, especially looking back at my childhood. At times I would obviously get angry with him on rules that were set, curfew I wanted to break, lies he could see through. When I was old enough to look back at the reasoning why those rules were set in place, I see how it molded me into who I am today. I don’t know where I would have ended up without my dad, and I definitely don’t want to imagine! I am so thankful for the lessons he taught me, how to be a responsible human, why it’s important to look people in the eye during a conversation, or even how I should be treated as a person. His actions paved the way for me and my now husband. My dad always held doors open for me (I used to be so embarrassed), he would write me sweet notes when he would travel for business trips, he knows how to make me laugh. These were all traits I realized later that I would look for in a husband. When my husband and I talk about our future kids, we frequently reference the way my dad approached situations and say “we should copy the way he did that!”
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures with my Dad
So, to all those dads out there who feel like they’re not making a difference or are being unheard – just know that your kids are very perceptive, and they pick up on every little detail. The good and the bad. They need you! Show up to their dance recitals, soccer games or whatever events they are interested in. They will remember you being there and supporting their dreams. Don’t give up. Even if they don’t tell you now how much they appreciate the tough love; they will one day. And remember, it’s ok to be Exhaust-Dad. Happy Father’s Day!
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