on Dads

It’s Father’s Day and, of course, the boys having been “doing”  for their Dad. There was a round of golf with oldest boy yesterday and a mound of chocolate from youngest waiting for him when he woke up.  There’s laughter and joking and heartfelt moments of advice and compassion, too.

He had the whole day to do whatever he wants and a most of it he’s filled with breakfast, baseball, peace, quiet and me.

He’s a Dad who can handle the teasing two boys can generate, has the character to show them the way & expect them to follow;  the heart of a gladiator, the loyalty of a lion.

He’s a Dad that a 5-year-old fell in love with long before Mom had the courage to, the Dad who welcomed another son two years later but insisted they both would have the same last name.  Growing up in a blended family, he knew the confusion brothers can feel when their names are different.

He’s a Dad who learned the hard way that brothers can be taken from us tragically so they should be treasured, not just tolerated. He’s the Dad who encourages others to spend time with their brothers, adding quietly, “I wish I still had mine.”

He’s a Dad who taught them to love and respect Mom and that giving your word only means something if you actually do.

He’s a Dad who doesn’t take any “guff” and is the first to speak up and correct them if they need it. He’s also the first one to fill their tanks or slip them $10 when they least expect it.

He’s a Dad who coached, trained, lifted, held, counseled, taught, cared and, most importantly, showed up.

I had a great Dad, and he was kind, funny and loving.

My boys have a great Dad, he’s kind, funny and loving.

Today, more than ever, I appreciate the man Mom chose for our Dad. And for teaching me what to look for when I picked out one for my children.

boys & dad

Happy Father’s Day, Hubbs.

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.”  ~Author Unknown

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  1. Once again, your post leaves me with a tear in my eye, MJ. I’m glad your hubby has had a good Father’s Day!

    • Aww, thank you, Dianna. He’s a great guy and an even better Dad. The boys tease him mercilessly but they love him ferociously!

  2. Great blog MJ!! Loved the photos. 🙂

    • Thank you, RR. He is not an internet guy, is not on FB and doesn’t read my blog. He always says, “don’t need to, we talk about what you write anyways, one way or another.” I read him this post and showed him the pictures; he teared up.

      Hope you had a happy Father’s Day, too!

  3. He is having a lot of fun being a dad…you can tell that. You are such a beautiful writer…

    • Thank you, Lissa. We’ve had our moments of joy & levity and pain and frustration — he takes it in stride, mostly. Thank you for the compliment; when I write from the heart, like this one, it just flows. Hope your Mom is continuing to recover and coming along well. 🙂 MJ

      • It is a rush to write from the heart. We allow Spirit to flow through us and someone is touched deeply whether we hear from them or not. Sometimes I think that is the only reason I do this is for that feeling.

      • I hear you there… hence the gaps in my posting schedule. I write when I feel it .. really feel it!

  4. Beautiful tribute!

  5. Good for you and your boys! You picked a good one! ~ Sheila

  6. Sounds like a great Father’s Day, MJ! Love the two photos especially. I remember riding on my dad’s back like that, as well. Gosh, I miss him!

    Sara and I have finally moved into our house in Ecuador, and furniture arrived over the weekend. Now we have something to sit on! Maybe that means I can write, as well.


    • Kathy! Great to hear from you and happy to hear you can move into the house shortly – whoo hoo. Looking forward to catching up on life’s adventures over at your site.

      That “ride on Dad’s back” seems to be a classic for many kids, I think 🙂


  7. Blog posts that are inspired, rather than contrived, are always the best. It’s obvious this one’s from your heart — and it touched many of ours. The easiest ones to write are when the words just flow! Those of us who’ve been blessed with good fathers AND good husbands have been twice gifted!!! 🙂

    • Ooh I love that “twice gifted” isn’t that ever the truth!
      And thank you for the compliment; I agree .. the ones that just flow are the ones we were meant to write 🙂


  8. Hubbs definitely sounds like a wonderful dad. Your boys are lucky to have him!

    • He is. He’s tough when I might be lenient and soft when I’m too hard. He’s a good guy and a great Dad 🙂

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