Today is the day we celebrate fathers in the United States. I am blessed to still have my father with me. He has shaped who I am today and is a mentor to many adults who were once his students, in some capacity, during his career as an educator.
My dad --- he says we only have one Father and he's in heaven --- is not a touchy feely guy. He is a provider. Over the years he has done so not only for the immediate family but for his sisters, brothers and other relatives.
I have never been without food, clothing and shelter. Many of my life decisions have been made because I knew that my Dad would always be there for me. It is likely that I have never remarried because I have yet to meet someone like my Dad. I thought I did when I married but that would prove not to be so.
Good or bad, I've only seen my Dad cry once and that was at my daughter's funeral. As the older offspring, I've taken on that same 'suck it up and don't cry' mentality. My daughter was only person I've seen make my Dad melt. She would hug and kiss him and he'd smile.
When my ex-husband did not live up to his responsibilities, my Dad was there for my daughter and me. He's always been my rock. As my Dad ages and has his health issues, I have to accept that he may not be with us one day. In the meantime, I have learned to cherish each day with my Dad; he is the first man I ever loved.
Happy Father's Day!