On Father’s Day I’d like to say thank you to both my father and the father of my children. I’m lucky to have been raised by a father who put his family first and taught his children that he would always be there for them. The most important lesson learned: what type of man I should marry. Like my dad, John puts his family first and somehow manages to thrive in a house full of girls.
I thought it might be fun to look at their strengths in terms of some of my favorite dads from TV or the movies.
From Eric Camden 7th Heaven (the character, not the actor)
Nobody’s perfect. No family’s perfect. But your imperfect family loves imperfect you.
From Charles “Pa” Ingalls Little House on the Prairie
Hard work is not just for boys. Mary, Laura, and Cary pulled their weight just like Meghan, Emily, and Sarah (and Dee Ann and Carol Jean).
Steven Keaton Family Ties
Your dad will still love you even if your vote cancels his vote or your political views are completely wrong.
Andy Taylor Andy Griffith Show
Going fishing can make everything alright and what better time to get to know you a little better?
Ward Clever Leave it to Beaver
The perfect example of the dad who kicks your butt and saves your butt in the same day. Something good dads do everyday.
I think both my dad and John have a lot of George Banks in them. You remember Mr. Banks from Father of the Bride who hates to see his little girl grow up and get married to some strange guy. I can’t tell you how glad I am that my dad didn’t go all George Banks when he met John’s parents. I’m sure he was checking them out to make sure they were good enough for his daughter, but if he poked through the medicine cabinet or drawers at least he did so stealthily and to this day we’ve never heard about it. As for John, I think we were lucky he wasn’t caught in this situation. I feel certain he could have been cornered by protective dobermans while snooping on future in-laws.
But like George, they just wanted to make sure that their girls are happy. How can that be a bad thing?
Happy Father’s Day to two great dads!
Reposted from Father’s Day, 2013.