Things change once you have kids. It’s cliche but so very true. Father’s Day used to consist of finding a card and calling it a day. Now, I’m overwhelmed by realizing just how important all the fathers in my life are.
Growing up my dad was always a “good time”. I have memories of Bell’s Theme Park in Tulsa and begging to ride the Zingo over and over again. Memories of stopping at the Sonic on the way to his house for dinner, cheese coney please with just the meat the cheese and the bread and cheese covered tator tots! I had no idea my dad could cook, because we always had fun food, and I had no idea the wealth of knowledge he’d provide once I grew out of my cranky teenage years. In the last few years he’s provided so much insight into gardening, cooking, fishing, and even raising the boys! I’m so thankful to have the relationship I have with my dad, and I’m also thankful he’s such an amazing “granddaddy” to my boys. Xander immediately wants to FaceTime him every night when the bath water starts and that is their “special time”. I’ll always be happy that they have the relationship they do.
Not only do I have an amazing Dad, but I have also been blessed to have great relationships with my grandparents! My Granddad.. Oh where to even begin. He’s been such an influence on me in so many ways. I’ll always look for his approval and I’m so thankful he is a big education pusher. I wouldn’t have gotten my scholarship without his “you need to apply for this” lecture, and other lectures he gave my cousins and I growing up helped shape me into who I am today. He taught me how to make his chocolate chip cookies (the recipe is on the back of the tollhouse bag, just swap the butter out for crisco!) and on our most recent trip to Oklahoma he showed Xander and the other great-grandkids how to make them too. Gran is a special man to our family and I hope he has a wonderful Father’s Day relaxing.
The of course I have my amazing husband. Raising two crazy little men can be tough, and I’m so thankful to have someone so loving, caring, patient, and crazy enough to go down this road with me. Whether it’s building Legos or taking the boys out on a run, he’s always helping them to grow–and survive their crazy momma! He helps teach them colors, shapes and letters and how to be polite, productive members of society. We are so blessed to have him in our life!
There are other men that definitely deserve kudos too!
My Granddaddy Luna has always been a phone call away and showed the boys just how much love he has when he visited us a few months ago. Pawpaw has been there as a rock on my moms side of the family supporting Memaw and Bobby and acting as a caretaker showing just how important family is, not to mention he’s a hero in more ways than one. My Uncle Denny showed me what a great dad to little boys looks like, and his example has given Super Dad a huge pair of footsteps to try to fill for our boys!
I hope the fathers in your life are fully enjoying their Father’s Day whether they’re watching the World Cup, barbecuing, or just enjoying the day with their little (and not so little) ones! Happy Father’s Day dads of the world! It’s a better place with you here!!