To all the fathers out there (but especially mine) I hope your father's day is happy and relaxing. Dads, especially of daughters, have a tough act... they have to be firm but loving, sensitive but "manly"... and they have to know how to tie bows and pretend that puppies and ponies are the most interesting things in the land to them too!
My dad did a great job raising two daughters who understand the importance of the little things (both appreciating them and picking them up!), and who know that they are important enough to be talked to and not at (how many times did you explain to me how something worked? I distinctly remember both the gear shifts in the car and lying on top of the tv, they were big back then, as you opened it up and explained the insides to me). You raised us to stand up for what we believe in but also to stand up for those who can't speak for themselves. And most importantly, perhaps, you showed us through your actions and your words how a woman deserves to be treated by treating our mother with loving and compassionate words and actions... which in turn allowed us to go out and find men who do the same. I love you daddy!
Happy father's day (I'll see you on Friday!).
2 days ago