Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dear Ol' Dad.

 I know two men (Dev and Daddy) who have proven to be incredible dads, not just fathers.

Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.
It doesn't matter if your name is on the paper.
 It doesn't matter if you pay for things. 

That's not what a child remembers.

They remember you dressing up in a flower headband and playing "cafe".

They remember you reading Dr. Seuss books at bedtime.

They remember you going to their games and plays.

They remember being chased around the grocery store 
 and mom pretending not to know us.

 They remember sharing Hershey bars, staying up late and watching cartoons.

They remember you listening and believing in their impossible ideas owning an orphanage and creating a subdivision. 

Yes, I was weird.

Anyone can send a check.
Being a dad means loving unconditionally, providing, teaching and being around.

My dad has done so much for our family. 

I remember when I was nine,

he was attending college during the day, 

cleaning floors at night

 doing a paper route in the early morning. 

Every day. 

For years.

I literally don't know when he had the time to sleep or study but he clearly found time. 

He graduated with four kids and a 4.0 GPA. 

Pops deserves props.  
 [applaud now]

And Devon, I couldn't imagine a better daddy for Bella.

 He stepped up when others would have stepped away.
He reminds me a lot of my dad with us when he is with Bella.
He is silly and so funny and is wrapped around her little, chubby finger.
He can be disciplinary but is somehow still fun to be around.
He is hard working and provides for us to ensure we are safe and happy.

I love these two men. I really do.

There's something about having a dad in your life that makes a difference 
and I'm so happy to have these dads around.

Happy Father's Day

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