This week, continuing the theme of Father’s Day this month, I want to take time to honor all of the dads in our lives. A dad plays a pivotal role in a child’s development, and this role is often not talked about as much as the mother’s.
What memories do you have of your father?
Most of mine are really good. I remember playing sports, him teaching me to ride my bike, singing, and ah—his cooking. One of the memories I love most is of how my father would cook dinner on the weekends. He was a great cook. He would make dinner from scratch. Often it was homemade pizza. Yes, everything was homemade! It was soooo good. But most of all, I remember how he was so animated while he was cooking. He would sing, dance, tell jokes, and just emanate joy. I loved it when my father was like this.
Now, my father was not perfect, and there are things that I wish were different, but the wonderful times stand out for me and stick in my memory. And these are the memories that I wish to pass on to my son about his granddad.
Like me, you probably have wonderful memories of your father or father figure. And, no matter what your family make up is now, you can create special memories that will live on.
This week, make a point to notice the things that might not seem so special. What type of everyday memories are you creating with your children? Often these are the memories that will last. At the time, it did not seem special that my father was cooking, singing, and dancing on the weekends. However, now that I’m an adult, and now that he is gone, I get a huge smile on my face just thinking about weekend meals.
To this day, I love to cook. It is an event for me. I love to put on music, have a glass of wine, and make it fun. Like my father, I kinda follow the recipe, but also enjoy the process of creation and like to experiment and see what works. He’s been gone for years now, but I think of him whenever I cook.
Even though my mother was around more while I was growing up, my father played a huge role in making me who I am. I would like to thank my father, and all of the fathers out there, for the role they play in our lives.