Today is, of course, father’s day. I will be honest, I wasn’t going to go see my dad, not because we don’t have a good relationship or anything. Nothing like that. It’s because he lives almost 2 hours from me and I couldn’t spend much time with him. After he told me yesterday that my family was having a lunch for my grandpa for father’s day, I felt “compelled” to go.
The lunch was great, BBQ chicken and other country fare. It was fun to see my dad, brother, and grandpa and my relatives too, I guess. It’s always an awkward time with my family. I’ve always felt like the odd man out, but I do my best and interact as well as I know how. I bought a card for my dad, which I realized midway on the trip down that it was a birthday card that sneakily made it’s way into the father’s day section. I honestly can’t believe I didn’t realize it. My bf and I both read it and didn’t think a thing of it! The card was so funny that I guess I forgot what the occasion was. Anyway, I think the App Store gift card made up for that. My dad, not a poor guy at all, refuses to pay even $.01 for anything on his iPhone. He’s always been that way 😉 I love that about him. He was tickled that he could actually buy something from the App store. He’s too funny.
I’m so glad I could have such a great dad in my life. Although he’s given out quite a bit of “tough love,” he’s not afraid to show his soft side. He’s always been there for us. I’m grateful for that.
I would love to dedicate this post to my dad, but I want to dedicate it to parents in general. I wouldn’t be who I was without my dad and my mom. They are two awesome people, who have sacrificed a lot for my siblings and I. I don’t want to forget either of them today or any day. (Also, I forgot to post something on mother’s day! I did write a lovely mother’s day poem and published it in a book for my mom, but I wanted to keep that between us. I thought it better not to share that.)
Anyway, here’s something I wrote to express my love and respect for my parents.
missing the blissful front of an intact family.
and the meaning of family evolved.
would I be me if things had been different?
time revealed how different you two really are,
but a shared love of us children,
that too was and is different.
You were never meant to stay together,
you’re with your soul mates.
I appreciate you both for being the separate you.
In your own ways,
showing us right from wrong.
Never feeding us with a golden spoon,
hated at the time,
valued in the present.
We are us because of you,
shaped into adults with morals,
still making mistakes,
but also good choices.
We are good children.
Thank you mom and dad.