Father’s Day this year was significant for a couple reasons. For starters, it was my first time being celebrated as a daddy of two. Although it just takes one to enter the extremely special fraternity of fatherhood, I guess it is like an extra badge when you reach the holiday and your family has grown. Truly, Father’s Day was even sweeter this year with Beau.
The other reason for Father’s Day 2020 being unique was that I had the pleasure of spending it with my own dad. It had been years and years since I last spent a Father’s Day with him so to finally celebrate by his side, as a father myself nonetheless, was a distinct honor. So yes, you better believe I savored the opportunity to play golf with him and enjoy one of his signature grilled steaks.
After spending the past few months living with my dad, it is plainly obvious that he has not lost a step when it comes to being an incredible father. In fact, he seems to have taken his game to a whole new level. On a daily basis, I witness him extend the same fatherly love he has always given me to Sid, Sloan, and Beau. What a guy.
It was a joyous occasion yesterday. On an absolutely gorgeous summer evening, my dad had all of his children and their families out on his prized back deck eating a delicious meal. Everyone was enjoying themselves and living in the moment. My dad wouldn’t have it had it any other way.
Just prior to all of us congregating in the backyard, my dad opened some gifts. One was a special project that Sidney worked on all weekend. The long white panel had the handprints of all his grandkids with The best Papa HANDS DOWN written above it. It goes without saying that “father” and “father-in-law” could be substituted (and some handprints) in there as well.
I hope everyone had a good Father’s Day. In a time when many of our celebrations are on hold, it feels good to be able to unequivocally honor the special men in our lives. Don’t Blink.