Happy Father’s Day to all the GREAT Fathers in Mintdom,
I know there are some great dads out there and I would love to hear from the sons and daughters about their dads. Please feel free to share your dads with us here. I do not think that Dads get as much recognition as they should get, especially these days. So come on… celebrate your Dads this week!
Of course, I think that I have the BEST dad in the whole world. The top five words that come to my mind when I think of my father are Integrity, Dutiful, Family, Provider, and Courageous.
My dad spent most of his career in the association business. His career allowed my mom to stay home with us (five kids) growing up. I think one of the best things about my dad is that I always knew that he loved his family. Even though he traveled a lot, I never doubted that he was thinking about us. I cannot remember a time that he went on a trip and did not bring us all some little trinket. After attending a convention, he would make us stay out of his room while he spread out all sorts of doodads on the bed and then call us into the room to let us take turns picking things out until they were all gone. It was so much fun!
To be perfectly honest, things were not smooth sailing for my dad and me. We always had family dinners together. Now my dad did not get home until about 7:00 most nights. I do not remember that dad had a lot of time to decompress between work and coming home to five kids, and to be perfectly honest, things were not always smooth sailing at the dinner table when I was a teenager. I can remember many times, my dad saying something sarcastic that would send me flying away from the dinner table in tears, stomping up the stairs and slamming the door to my room. My dad would make me come back to “finish the nice dinner my mom made”. Things eventually evened out at the dinner table, probably because I grew up or maybe it was something that my dad showed me years later when I had my own children. That is when he gave me a book that he said helped him a lot. It was called ‘Between Parent and Child’ by Heim Ginott. As I was leafing through it, I saw paragraphs that my dad marked that talked about how harmful sarcasm could be. There was also a note in pencil that said something like, “I will stop sarcastic remarks”.
One of the most dramatic moments, I had with my dad was when he sat my brother, Jon and I down one evening and told us that mom had cancer. At that time, just the word cancer meant probable death. He said that she had gone to several expert doctors (one said that he would amputate her arm). The doctor that they chose was going to cut the cancer out. My dad and my mom had five kids at the time and I think that the youngest was only two years old. I could tell that this was serious, but my dad was so reassuring that I did not realize that mom had the worst kind of cancer you could have. He never let on how scared he was. That before the age of 40, he could be a widower with five kids. It turned out that mom had malignant melanoma and she was her doctor’s only surviving patient with that kind of cancer for over ten years. Thank God, my mom is still healthy and happy today!
On a lighter note – I have always felt that I could go to my dad with almost anything. For instance, I went to my dad to ask him what a ‘wet dream’ was. I figured that it happened to boys so he would be the one to ask. I do not know how my dad felt about it, but he barely skipped a beat and just gave me the answer.
My dad shows his love to his family and country. My dad votes every election, he has definite political leanings, yet he allows all of us to share ours. My dad is still active in his 82nd airborne group. He still takes mom on romantic trips to Europe. It is so nice to see them both holding hands and going out on dates together.
Today, dad is out fishing with my cousin all day. I sure hope he catches his limit – he deserves it!
AffirMINTion: I am grateful to have the BEST dad in the world.
Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.
What are you waiting for?
Life is good!
A Mini Minty MoMINT
I love my mom’s dad too. He takes me for walks and brings me treats when he is home… AND I LIKE IT!
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