Last year, we were so fortunate to have my dad here in Ottawa to celebrate Fathers’ Day together. It’s been over nine years since we moved from BC (and close to my mom and dad) and for the most part, visiting back and forth works okay but it just isn’t the same celebrating events such as Fathers’ Day, birthdays and Christmas when family is sooooo far away.
I have been blessed with great fathers in my life. Both my dad and my husband are amazing people who truly do define a good father. My mom and dad, as do many, sacrificed tons to ensure we, my sisters and I, had everything we needed. It was probably difficult to see back when I was a kid or a teen, but as I get older and live the same lives they did bringing up children, I have so much more appreciation for everything they did and everything they sacrificed for us. I still remember my dad driving us to skating lessons all weekend and swimming lessons throughout the week after putting in long hours at work. My mom didn’t drive much back then and being an extremely talented seamstress, she sewed whenever she could. So my dad carted his three girls everywhere! I never was babysat as a kid. My mom and dad were always around. Which is kind of ironic because my own children haven’t been babysat either. What I am hoping to keep or take from my dad (and mom also) is their energy. They never stop. I know I have lots of energy right now at my age but hoping when I am near or at my dad’s age, I too will have the same energy. If my dad lived here with me in Ottawa, we would be building projects from sunrise to sunset. But being that he is sooooo far away, I send him plans. He builds and brings the projects with him or I await his next visit for special projects. He never complains nor does he question my intentions which is awesome!
So to all the fathers who like mine, always put their family first before all else, enjoy your special day. You deserve this day and many more!
My dad isn’t that tech savvy but if you are reading this, we wish you, the best father in the whole wide world, an awesome day!!!