Happy Father €™s Day

Showing Michael how to hold a golf club
Showing Michael how to hold a golf club

My earliest memory of my Dad was when I was about three or four years old.   It was a Saturday morning and I had just gotten back from a ballet lesson.   We were standing in the kitchen and my Dad was doing pirouette turns with me as if it was the most natural thing in the world for a grown man to be up on his tippy toes spinning around in circles.

That’s just how my Dad has always been.   Whatever my sister and I were doing at the time, that’s what he was interested in.   Ballet, soccer, horseback riding, violin and piano, softball, that one day I joined the track team…he’s been right beside us, cheering louder than anyone else.

As a new parent, that is what I have learned the most from my Dad – from both my parents.   To be present.   To be in the moment with your kids.   Whether you are spinning on your tip toes in a kitchen or cheering at a college graduation or standing in the back of a church getting ready to walk your daughter down the aisle.   Be there.

My Dad has always been there.

And now that my Dad is a Granddad, I am so happy to know that he will be there cheering Michael on, too.   Because I know how profoundly my Dad’s being there has shaped the person that I have become, and I can’t wait to see that in my son.   We are both lucky to have him in our lives.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

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7 Thoughts to “Happy Father €™s Day”

  1. Hilary

    Your dad sounds like an awesome guy. One of the best lessons I have learned as a new parent is how important it is to show gratitude and appreciation for MY parents because they are truly incredible people. My first moment of realization came when I was about to get my epidural because I was in so much pain from the contractions. I was only about four centimeters dilated. My mom was there with me and she had often described what her labor and delivery was like with me, drug-free (not an intentional choice). The entire time I was relaxing from the wonderful drugs, I was just staring at her in awe thinking that she had gone through almost twenty four hours of intense labor and THEN had to push my a** out and she had NO pain meds. I would have tried to kill myself, for sure. You will definitely begin to appreciate your parents in ways you can’t imagine. Let’s just hope that someday, our kids feel the same!

  2. That is the cutest picture of the two. It sounds like Michael is a very lucky boy to be blessed with such wonderful parents and grandparents.

  3. Emily

    I love that picture of your dad with your baby. He looks so happy. You are so very lucky to have such great men in your life. My dad passed away four years ago and it leaves a huge hole in your heart that noone or nothing can fill. I hope you are enjoying every minute you can with your family. You have a beautiful family. 🙂

  4. Era

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Hi, don’t know if you got the notice as I usually get to your posts after you have a thousand comments. But I awarded you guys the Makes My Heart Smile award on my blog recently. Congratulations and enjoy! http://erasundar.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/id-like-to-thank-the-academy/

  5. Happy Father’s Day (however belated) to both your father and your husband =) I hope they had a great time!

    Your father sounds like a good man. You’re a lucky woman =)

  6. Michael's Nana & Kate's Mom

    I use to have friends that complained about how uninvolved their husbands were in their children’s activities. That was never the case in our family. You and your sister were the center of your dad’s life and he didn’t want to miss out on anything. Maybe its because he became a dad later in life, but somehow I don’t think so. I think he’s just that kind of guy. My guy for almost 30 years.

  7. Zoe

    Aww, that’s so sweet. Brought tears to my eyes. My dad was very sick for most of my life, and died while I was still a teenager, so I never really had that sort of father figure. So I can’t wait until my partner and I have a child and I get to see him become the wonderful father I know he will be.

    And also, massive ‘awww’ at the comment by Michael’s Nana & Kate’s Mom <3

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