Thursday, December 10, 2009
The thing that I always impresses me about my dad is HOW he is my dad. He married my mom and had a ready-made family. A new wife and two little girls under 5 for a guy who had never been married and was very much used to doing things a certain way. But we never felt the stress or the struggle (I'm sure at times it was there.) And when my brother came along it wasn't any different. We didn't suddenly feel pushed aside by the "real" kid. (And I have to say that my dad's family was the SAME way. Which says a lot about them and why my dad is the way he is.) There was never any difference between us. We were all his kids. I cannot imagine being under 30 and suddenly acquiring the responsibility of two kids and a wife. My dad adopted my sister and I when I 14. We always went by his last name but they waited to make it official until I was old enough to make the decision for both my sister and I. There was no question as to what our answer was. Of course. He was our dad. This song always reminds me and my sister of our dad. If you haven't heard it, grab a tissue.
It has been such a joy for me to watch my dad with my hubby too. Like any father he made sure I was sure about committing myself to him for the rest of my life. I think my dad would be perfectly happy if he was the number one man in our lives for the rest of our lives! But now as I watch my hubby and dad sit and talk and my dad offers up advice or praise sometimes it just makes me want to cry. I'm so glad they are forming this relationship and growing closer. Especially now with Jackson on the way. I can't wait to see my dad interact with my son. He is an awesome Papa to his girls and I know he is going to be awesome with Jackson.