Posted in personal
June 17, 2012

To the men in my life.

Happy Father’s Day!

I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some wonderful men.

First, thanks to my father.

My dad and me. Also, a bonus rhinoceros.

He worked very hard to provide for our family, and really enjoyed being able to take the time for the little things- like teaching me to use a circular saw. He’s always been there for me, whether it was just to offer a shoulder to cry on and a roll of lifesavers (Butter Rum) or some great advice. He had the patience to sit in a parking lot and not only teach me to drive, but then to teach me how to drive a stick.

Second, thanks to my husband. He is my partner in this mad life of mine- a great husband, my best friend, and a wonderful father. While he works the night shift, he’s constantly given up sleep and sanity to be there for us. Time and time again.

Third, thanks to my father-in-law. He welcomed me into his family and his home. While we might seem to be on the opposite ends of everything- him being a Republican and a Trojan (and me being more to the left and a Wildcat)… I have nothing but the utmost respect for him, and enjoy all the talks we have. Also a special thanks for taking my tastes in food to heart. Whether it’s making sure there’s a non-dairy alternative, to making sure that there’s something that isn’t extremely spicy.

I’m thankful that my boys have these in their lives. Three wonderful men to help shape them and teach them.

And last, today I think about my grandfather. A wonderful man who’s no longer with us- my grandfather taught me so much. About music, about having passion for your work and your family. But most importantly, about being kind. Life lessons that I intend on making sure that my boys learn.

Happy Father’s Day. To all the fathers, grandfathers, father figures in our lives.

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