A Father’s Day Tribute to My Dad in Pictures.
I don’t think I will ever be able to find the words to properly express just how much my Dad means to me and how grateful I am for all of the times he has gone above and beyond for me. We live in 2 different states now and I know he reads this blog regularly, so I hope writing this and sharing some old family photos I found will help to express some of the things I have been meaning to say.
“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” ~ Anne Geddes
If you are a regular reader of About A Mom, you know that my mom, Laura, is my blogging partner and closest friend. You haven’t heard much about my dad until now, so I will tell you a bit about him. My Dad is a fun guy to be around. He enjoys watching football with his buddies and hosting cook-outs on the weekends. As far back as I can remember he has been an RC car and boat enthusiast. He even flew RC planes for a while. Unlike two of my siblings it is not a passion that I share with Dad, but memories of weekends spent as a child watching Dad race brings a smile to my face. He lives his life with great integrity and is someone that friends and family can count on.
“To hear the name of father was another name for love.” ~ Fanny Fern
To say that I was a royal pain as a teenager is a real understatement. My parents divorced when I was fourteen years old, and I took that as my license to be disobedient and reckless. At age fifteen I became pregnant with my amazing son, Sidney, who is now twenty-five years old. I was so ashamed and terrified to tell my dad that I was pregnant, although I really shouldn’t have been. His love and support over the years should have been enough for me to know that I could tell him anything, but I was scared, confused, and not thinking clearly. Dad was my rock during that period of my life, and again 9 years later when I became a divorced, single mom to an eight year old boy. My Dad was the one who picked my son up from the YMCA every afternoon and gave him the male bonding that he so much needed. I don’t know what we would have done without him.
Over and over again throughout my life, my Dad has been there for me and my family. We might not talk on the phone every day, but when it really matters the most he is there for me.
“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” ~ Euripides
Last Father’s Day I made my Dad a card using the picture below. I was sixteen when that picture of us was taken. We were just sitting on the floor of my apartment that I shared with my then husband and baby son. I really don’t know why, but it has always been a favorite picture of mine.
My father was so touched by the card. It really meant a lot to him that I took the time to make something so meaningful. I’ve been going through old pictures the last couple of days and this year will be making him something again for Father’s Day. It’s so fun going through old pictures and breathing new life into them by creating cards and other photo creations. Especially with the distance of states now between us, my photo creation will mean more to Dad than ever.
How will you be showing Dad that you care this Father’s Day?
This Father’s Day, let Dad know how much you care. Use your favorite photo memories to create something special just for him. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it real. Go to hp.com/go/makeitreal.
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