For as long as I remember I’ve honored two men on Father’s Day: my dad and my step-dad. Well, all that changed this weekend.
As soon as Chris opened his eyes in the morning, I pushed a present into his lap. First, I gave him a silly card with a photo of a guy fixing a sink that said, “To my favorite Fix It Guy.” And then, under the card, he found a men’s shirt-and-shorts set for practicing yoga — which he has started to do for the first time in his life.
But the card or the yoga outfit didn’t truly show what I wanted to thank him for:
Being a friend who listens;
Turning into a math mentor when necessary;
Telling stories that make everyone laugh;
Unleashing his inner goofball;
Staying present when life gets challenging;
Passing along his great taste in music and movies;
Cooking three-course meals for dinner;
Letting go of judgment;
Being such a boy;
Wrapping his arms around our daughter when she needs a hug;
Carrying the heavy load, when needed…
Believe me, it isn’t easy. We sometimes disagree about the “right” way to parent. We can get so impatient — and oversensitive. Still, every day, I’m grateful that he has stepped into his role as a Dad with such an open heart, and the desire to be here with so much love.
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