Yesterday was a day to celebrate all of the special ways that daddies out there are fathers to their children. Many times, for my family, it is tough to fit in time to celebrate the day with my husband, my father and my father-in-law. Yesterday we were able to celebrate together, as one big family! My awesome brother had the idea to have everyone over to his house for a fish fry. Despite the rain, a good time was had by all! My brother handled 99% of the preparation and cooking, while we all could sit around and fellowship with one another.
it was great to see the guys laughing at numerous dad stories, son stories, and even a few about me. 🙂 I listened how my husband, Brian learned many life lessons from his dad. Some, I would say, were embarrassing to Brian, but he was quick to throw in a quick story about his dad to level things out a little. My brother told stories of us riding dirt bikes when we were kids and stories of him and our dad working on trucks and tractors when he was a teen. Many hunting stories were shared, as we are all avid hunters, and a few
lies *exaggerations, I’m sure! My brother made our dad a turkey tail feather mount with a picture of him and our dad with the turkey he shot this past winter. It was a beautiful mount, complete with an eight inch beard. It was a beautiful father-son moment.
My dad and I shared memories of times from long ago, as well as some of my Nanny, who has seen 101 birthdays so far and is still so very lively and sweet as ever. I was sure to let my dad know just how much I appreciate everything that he has done for me through all of the years, and reminded him of how great of a father he is. He is a special man, and comes from a special family made up of the most genuine people you would want to meet.
This was a special Father’s Day for Brian, in that, his dad was very sick at the first of the year and hospitalized. Brian was very concerned about his dad’s health and how things were going to turn out. But, as Brian said, his dad was too stubborn to give in or give up and is doing well today. It was nice to see a new light in his dad’s eyes. You could see the way that he looked at Brian was not too much different than before, but just a little more polished. They both knew how close he was to having a much different outcome, and for that I think they are even closer now than they were.
I also enjoyed
eavesdropping watching my husband and my dad enjoy each other’s company. They have become such good friends over the years. Listening to them planning the outdoor kitchen/grilling building that my dad and Brian are going to be putting at his house and planning for the upcoming hunting season, though it is still over three months away, was nice. Brian giving my dad a hard time and my dad giving it back in return is always funny. When my dad, my brother and my husband starting dishing out the jokes about one another, it is always so funny.
Being a part of this Father’s Day, watching those four men be themselves and do what guys do was a refreshing time for me. I enjoyed it, as I know they did too. Family is the most important thing we have in this life, and it passes us by all too fast. Please take time to visit with your family. Let them know that they are loved, even though it is always implied. Life is so short, and like most, I get caught up in the day to day rat race all too often. But I always try to find time to get my family together…so we all can blow off some steam, eat some delicious food that God has provided for us, and enjoy these precious minutes that we have on this earth with the ones that I love.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dad’s out there, and to the mothers that pull double duty!