Father’s day is right around the corner!
Writing my last post made me a bit nostalgic, so I decided to follow it up with some of my favorite stories about my dad.
- When my older brother and I were little and still believed in Santa Claus, dad used to get up on the roof every Christmas Eve and walk around on the snow-covered roof. The next morning, there would be footsteps all over the roof, and a thank-you note from “Santa” for the milk and cookies we left behind for him.
- My first solo international trip was to Costa Rica. I came back utterly wrecked. I missed the people and the culture I’d been introduced to terribly, and was having a really hard time readjusting to the reverse culture shock. Dad pulled me out to help him clean up the pool house, and while we were out there he listened – really listened – while I poured out my troubles and heartache. He gave me the dignity of being heard and the wisdom of his own lessons learned from readjusting to his home culture after time abroad.
- Dad is a huge car nut, and he introduced me to autocross racing. I won first in the novice division and got one of the biggest adrenaline rushes in my life. But more importantly, I had a really wonderful day with my dad learning about his passion and learning to appreciate it, myself.
- As a wedding gift, dad gave Michael and I a unity table that he had made himself. It is 2 separate slabs of wood, representing Michael and I. They are joined only by 3 small dovetail joins – the bonds of faith, hope, and love. I’ll never forget his look of giddy excitement when he made the big reveal the day before our wedding. It’s one of the most beautiful things I own, and I’ll treasure it always.
- And of course, I can’t leave out the letter he wrote to me on my 13th birthday! His words of life and encouragement still bring me to tears every time I read them.
There’s no doubt that dads are flawed, imperfect human beings with plenty of weaknesses and inadequacies. Yet at the end of the day, they still gave us life – and often much more than that. Regardless of their mistakes, that deserves a celebration.
What stories about your dad do you have that make you smile? Let me know in the comments!