Everyday I try to remind myself how lucky my kids are to have such an amazing Dad and Grandpa. Who else would sit for hours and play trains, blocks, cars or practice hitting the ball off the tee. Who else would insist that it’s fine if they watch just. one. more. cartoon because it’s not going to kill them? Who else would take them on countless 4-wheeler rides? Who else would feed them brownies for breakfast?
While my husband insists that he is not very patient, he is significantly more so than me when it comes to just “playing”. He can relax and read stories, find Waldo for the zillionth time, mow the lawn with two boys underfoot, learn how all their new toys “work” right alongside them. I seem to always be in a rush to get another load of laundry done or get dinner on the table.
What are they going to remember when they get older? That Mom always had the laundry folded or that Dad let them “help” sweep the driveway? That Mom insisted on a new vegetable every night or how fun it was to sit and watch the Mariners night after night with Dad and cheer for their favorite players?
I had a friend mention to me last night that when he had kids, he wasn’t going to be one of those Dads who just sat back and let his wife do everything. He wanted to be involved! It made me realize how far our society has come in accepting Dad as a willing and able participant in our kids lives, instead of just a piece of furniture in the background that brought home a paycheck.
Thank goodness for all you Daddies out there, enjoy this day. Play with your little Dudes or Dudettes, get dirty, watch some baseball, eat cookies for breakfast, build something, tear something apart, wrestle.
Happy Father’s Day!
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