Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, and especially to my own. I had a Mother’s Day post, so it’s only fitting that I do one for today too.
I’m not saying our relationship has always been perfect, but it’s been pretty damn good over the years. Now that I’m older and all grown up, I’m able to recognize/appreciate the sacrifices that he’s made as well as all the little things that my brothers and I might’ve taken for granted when we were younger. When I was a kid, I thought he was a little stricter than some of my other friends’ dads, but I’m really thankful for it now because he and my mom instilled the discipline and work ethic that made us the men we are today. Don’t get it twisted though, he was a jokester back then and still is now. haha.
I think what I’m most thankful for is that he’s showed me what it means to be a good father and a husband so that if/when my time comes to be in those roles, then I’ll have a great template to work with. He’s always treated my mom with the utmost respect and never got caught up in that macho-man mentality where the woman is subjected to a subservient role. From what I could tell growing up, it was truly an equal partnership and I can only hope to be half as good a husband and father that he is.
What I’ve really enjoyed over the last few years is how he’s really been able to open up, be more expressive, and even apologize for certain things he wishes he would’ve done differently. After awhile, it’s easy to get stuck/comfortable in our ways, but he’s showed me that you can still maintain your sense of pride while also being open and receptive to change.
I can truly say that our relationship is stronger than it’s ever been — I know that I can talk to him about anything now. Earlier today, we covered the usual, but then the conversation switched to talking about love and relationships: expectations vs. reality, standards, etc. A conversation like that probably wouldn’t have taken place 10 years ago, so it’s nice to see how we’ve both grown.
Well, Dad: for everything you’ve done and will to continue to do for us…Thank You.
(Yes, I’ll be sending him a link to this blog. lol).
Dang…who’s that super cute kid on the left side of the picture! haha.