It's Father's Day today!
What does fathers day signify for you? Personally, I think of how lucky my two girls are to have a loving, supportive, present dad in their life. To me, it's all about making memories that last a lifetime. Not necessarily particular events or holidays, but remembering feelings and emotions.
Memories of day-to-day activities fade as you get older, but how you feel about someone...that always stays with you.
I would like to share with you some things about my dad. All these little memories from childhood show me now just how lucky I am to have such an awesome man as a father.
I used to try and catch him but no matter how fast I ran, his long legs would always be just out of reach. He laughed as he ran which made me laugh, subsequently making it even harder to run
He read to me every night. Normally the same book over and over. He still uses the same reading voice when he reads to my children
He drove me everywhere. And I mean absolutely everywhere. For years. And he never once nagged about getting my licence.
He never swears. If he said "schwepps", you knew there was trouble.
I used to watch movies with him on the couch, using his tummy as a pillow. I remember the gurgle sounds.
At softball, his cheer cry was "Keep your eye on the pill, or you'll be the dill! (Yes, really)
One of my earliest memories of my dad was watching him mow the lawn out the front. We lived in Perth so I must have been no older than four. It was a really hot day and an old man who was walking past sat on our little fence for a rest. Dad went and got him a big glass of water and the man was obviously very appreciative.
Now, I may have remembered that story really wrong. But it doesn't matter. What matters is, how I saw my dad. He always was, and still is, a kind, genuine, gentle man with a good sense of humour, and has a great love for his family. I honestly can't remember many bad times (let's just ignore the teenage years), all I remember is love and laughter. And really, what better memories could there be?
Love you dad xx