This year is my twenty-eighth Father’s Day from the father’s side of the celebration. I haven’t been able to commemorate it from the son’s side since 2007. I miss my dad and look forward to seeing him again in the future.
Last year, I compiled a list of musings about fatherhood that expressed how I felt about some of the questions, challenges, and experiences I’ve had as the father of four children. This year, I’m adding to that list.
More insights, understandings, recollections, and yet-to-be-answered questions I’ve gathered along the way since becoming a father on August 1, 1991—and the nine months prior to that.
- How is it that my son’s son, though just an infant, can have such a powerful and loving effect on my heart and soul?
- The transition from son’s girlfriend to daughter-in-law to mother of my grandson is an amazing and inspiring metamorphosis to witness.
- Watching my son become a father is a humbling and touching experience that continues to give through recollections and remembrances of what it was like to be in his position.
- It’s amazing how much joy a weekly visit of just a few hours from a son who’s flown the coop can bring into my heart and home.
- I’m grateful that an adult son’s struggles include seeking advice, help, and guidance from this old dad.
- As I see how much daughters-in-law can love my sons, it makes me realize my wife did a pretty good job raising them—and that our daughters-in-law are very patient.
- Though she can drive on her own and is stretching her wings to fly, my little girl will always be my little girl.
- Who hit the “speed up” button on the progression of time?
- Where’s the “slow down” button?
- Dan Fogelberg wrote “Leader of the Band” to torment sons.
- How is it that seeing my son’s byline has become more exciting and fulfilling than seeing my own?
- A son’s success at work somehow feels as if I’ve succeeded at his job.
- Watching a son share his musical gift with the world makes me feel as if my wife and I have hit a good note.
- The teenage years make every hug, kiss goodnight, smile, and giggle even more special.
- Regular Sunday dinner visits bring a warm feeling into our lives.
- Only 45 days until I get to hold my grandson again.
Hoping for much love and happiness for your Father’s Day.