Father’s Day is a the day for sending cards and gifts to dads, grandpa’s and all the
important men “just like Dad” in our world…
This is a time to say thank you for all the guidance, love and support they give there
families throughout the year.
My dad died long ago and I miss him to this day…Dad remained somewhat of a
mystery to me in my early years. He was outgoing to the public, however, he did not let
his family in on his deepest thoughts. I suppose men of his generation just didn’t. What
he gave to my brothers and me was his sense of values and the things he believed in. And
as I grew older he let me understand his reasons never directly expressed. I recall he had
a way of not giving us everything we wanted in the way of praise for accomplishments..
Many years later I began to understand the whys. He reminded us there were greater
achievements ahead for more important things someday… I now know he never wanted
us to stop growing. Perhaps that is why my dad’s closeness to me came through his love
of reading and through his songs. We were all spell bound and felt the closest to dad
when he picked his guitar and sang Memories and other old-time favorites… This was
dads way of communicating his truest self to his children…..
Sometimes we cannot know simple truths until we are adults and memories of cherished
moments, rise like the steam from the cup of first morning coffee.
A few years before dad died I was able to let him know that I understood him and knew
his heart….I suppose each father finds his own way to his children…it remains a mystery
to me how hearts hear each other, but I believe they do and always will.
Millie’s thought for today; there’s no training manual for being a dad. No hard fast rules,
no one sure way to be a perfect father. All any man can do is give it the best he has.