Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Aren't dads the BEST!?! I am so thankful to have Devin as the father of my children. He doesn't have the same way of interacting with the kids as I do (and I don't expect him to) but he loves them dearly! He tells them this EVERY single day. He is proud of his children and always encourages them to do their best in whatever they are doing. He works hard to ensure that they have the best that he can give them. They sure do love their Daddy :-)

Here's a nice poem I found that sums up just what dads are to their children. I don't know who the author is.

Fathers are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to "his image"
As protector and provider
And "hero of the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.


And, speaking about dads, this day is a bit rough for me. After losing my dad in a vehicle accident almost ten years ago, I still miss him terribly. He was the BEST dad I could ask for! He was supportive of all six of his children and loved us greatly. He encouraged our independence and loved to show us how things worked. He loved magazines and would always have a pile stacked on the coffee table. He worked with his hands; a carpenter, an electrician, a cabinet-maker, and many other things. He would take us fishing, read books to us before bed, cut our fingernails, slip us money when Mom wasn't looking, bring us wherever we needed to go, and give us "sideways hugs" :-) It's these little things that mean so much, and are the hardest to now do without.

If your father is still living, please be appreciative of the time that you spend with him. Take lots of pictures and make lots of memories. Tell him you love him :-) Dads are so special!

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor


Jacqueline said...

What a gorgeous picture! Hugs to you, Carla.

Deanne said...

I remember those sideways hugs and kisses on the forehead!!!