Sunday, June 20, 2010
Father's Day is a holiday I never really celebrated until I became a mother...go figure. I was never close with the men in my life growing up...my birth father, or the man that became my father after he married my mom. I never really understood what a father was supposed to do or be.
I learned about fatherhood from the man that I married. He came from a large family, 7 siblings, not including "step-siblings" and was enamored with every niece and nephew that came into his life. He loved the noise and chaos that came from every family get-together, and was always outside running with the little kids, instead of sitting inside with the "grown-ups". I remember sitting on the couch with my sister-in-law and laughing every time hubby would run past the window with a slew of kiddos chasing him through the yard.
We had our first baby when hubby turned 25, and then another three more within the next 10 years. Wow! That's alot of kids, right? But just two days ago he asked me... "Wouldn't it be nice to have just one more?"
This man has taught me what a dad really is. His sons love to hang out with him, go places with him, play video games and paintball with him. Hubby has spoken with the boys often, using words like: "respect", "integrity", "responsibility", and "love". He kisses and hugs them, even as they get older...Oldest Boy sobbed when his dad hugged him at the graduation ceremony. He has showed them what it means to love a wife, and has always been affectionate with me in front of them.
I am so grateful that my sons DO know what a father is supposed to do and be, and I am certain that they will grow into marvelous fathers as well...being taught by one of the best.
Posted by One Girl in a House of Men at 5:07 AM