Most Father’s Days around here are about golf. The US Open conveniently falls on the third weekend in June every single year, and fathers everywhere are eternally grateful. This year we traveled up to Lake George for a close friends wedding, but don’t worry golf is on the radio!
This past week we spent an evening at our Church festival with my mom squad and our respective men. It was the first time our three little families all got together, and the center point was our three little (almost) two year olds jamming out to the live band.
I found it hilarious that as soon as the father’s arrived to the festival, us moms took a back seat in tending to our children. Oh Jamesie is trying to swing from the tent strings? Daddy will handle it.
It’s like our attention to our children goes from 110% focus to maybe 45% focus, and that’s entirely acceptable because Dad’s are parents too. Few things are more precious than seeing three grown men cram themselves into a toddler train ride and actually enjoy it.
The truth is that Fatherhood is a lot about those small moments. It’s in the riling up before bedtime, and the lazy Saturday mornings when daddy doesn’t have to go to work. It’s in the summer days spent fishing by the lake or the hours spent building the most epic sand castles. I cherish my memories of those small moments with my Dad, as well as the moments I witness between James and our son.
My dad means the world to me, and I can’t imagine who I would be without him. He has shown me integrity and true character my whole life, which is probably why I am so taken with James because he possesses those same qualities.
James is a man’s man who displays strength and authority, but also playfulness and fun. He’s an adventure seeker who excites Jamesie’s sense of wonder, but he’s also the guy who picks him up when he falls, and calms my nerves about tiny bumps and bruises. He’s serious when he needs to be, and a goofball when he needs to be. He’s dedicated as hell to his family, and I feel lucky to have him as a partner in life.
For all the dads out there who give the best hugs, tell the greatest bedtime stories, and hold the family together – happy father’s day! Enjoy the golf and a good couch nap.