Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dear Old Dad

This guy pictured here?

Well, he pretty much rocks our world. Daily.

The kids think he has all the answers in life, and most of the time they are correct. He is loving, cheerful, hardworking, prayerful, humble, tender, tough, merciful, and he always lets me have the remote.

I don't know if it gets better than that.

It's such a crying shame that our popular culture/media treats fathers the way they do: stupid, lazy, neglectful, or easily manipulated by smart, sassy wives and children. Either that, or they are absent altogether.

I'd just like to tell our culture that I've had so many good lessons from the fathers I've known and loved:

My grandfather taught me what it meant to suffer heroically, gracefully, and silently as he battled a disease that weakened him for over twenty years before he finally passed.

My husband has taught me that having a strong and loving father really does make a difference in a child's life. Every kind and chivalrous thing he does, he learned by watching his father.

But . . .

My father taught me what duty to your family means, even when you don't have the benefit of a sterling example from your own father. He is proof to me that you are never limited by your circumstances or doomed to repeat the past.

Dads rule. I'm just sayin'.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Forget the commercials and television shows - we love you and we can't do without you!


  1. I absolutely, whole-heartedly agree, Aimee. We've had some wonderful fathers in our lives, and what you wrote about each was beautiful and so true!

    I know it's a day late, but much love to all the fathers...we really should celebrate you for more than one day!

    Love, Juju

    P.S. - thanks for coming down yesterday, it was such fun!

  2. Great post Aimee! I love this. And it's true. My father is my hero and my husband couldn't be a better father to our kids. I'm in awe of him :)


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