Father’s Day, Part 2 of 3

Dear Dad,

I owe you.  I had no idea, until three years ago, how much work goes into just getting through each day.  The bare minimum of feeding, clothing, housing, and protecting a family is so daunting!

Yet you always managed to make time for the fun stuff, too: the bike rides, the swimming lessons, the trips to cut down our very own Christmas tree.  I am learning now how hard you worked to make all that happen.

I know you’ll probably say, “It was all worth it,” because I would say that too.  And I know you enjoyed us (mostly – there was that time I had to have a police officer break into your car because I locked the keys inside – water under the bridge, right?  right?) as kids, just like you enjoy your grandchildren now.

Still, even if you think it was all worth it, I want to stop for a minute to acknowledge that it was hard.  I want you to know that I understand you worked at a job you sometimes hated because you put our needs ahead of your own.  I want to thank you for correcting and lecturing, because I get it now — you didn’t love doing that, but you loved me, and you didn’t want to let anything go unsaid if it might save me some hurt or difficulty.

You did a good job, Dad.  My path in this world has been smooth because you were out there ahead of me with, um, one of those big road-smoothing machine thingys.  Thank you.

I love you.  Happy Father’s Day.

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About Grape

I've got the world's best kids and husband. Great house, steady job. I'm living the American dream. The trick is to appreciate it. I'm working on that part.
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