Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Day for Dads

Happy Father's Day to all of you Dads out there! A day of sleeping in, a day of being showered with gifts from your kids, a day of watching golf, and a day of not driving or chasing around after your kids. For me it means Dad's choice for dinner, which is dinner out and not cooked by me!

More than anything though—thank you.

Our kids with their Dad
Thank you to Patrick, the Dad of my children, for sharing this wild ride of parenting together—all of the joys, sorrows, thrills and exasperations usually experienced all in one day. Thank you for dealing with the boys when they push me beyond my limits.

Thank you to my grandfather Thad who could not teach me how to whistle as beautifully as he could, but he taught me how to dance a mean polka, leaving me gasping for breath after spinning around the dance floor. Thank you to my grandfather Norbert  who taught me of the bounty of a garden, how to burn trash in a barrel, and had me drinking green tea decades before it became the rage.

Christianna and her Dad
And to my own Dad, Dave, who taught me to stand up for what I believe, that it's okay to shed a tear when you say goodbye, and to just go off exploring and see what lies around the next bend or down that untrodden path.

To all of you Dads who have taught us life lessons, cheered our triumphs, wiped away our tears, listened to our stories, and spent hours at ballet and basketball. Thank you.

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