Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Farmer Dad woke up early and headed out to McDonalds
to pick up breakfast for Princess.They colored together
while eating.They are outside now picking cherries and beans together.
He was not a big diaper changer, he did not stay up late at night
to rock her to sleep, or wake up early and occupy her so I
could "sleep in", partly because I nursed, most of the late night,
early morning stuff fell to me. I used to joke that parenting was
a lot like the old joke about commitment and breakfast, you know the one,
..You sit down to a plate of eggs and bacon for breakfast,
the chicken was involved, the pig was committed.
You can guess who I felt the pig was.

Princess is now five and a half, and she needs her Daddy far more than me
most days, maybe because I am always here, and he goes off for work
before she gets up most days...maybe she has her own reasons.
One of the highlights of my day is seeing them reunited when he returns home from work each day.
Oh, how my little girl loves her Daddy!
He is her prince, her king, he can fix her bike and he is replacer of all batteries
in our house, as well as the changer of light bulbs.
He also thinks Sponge Bob and Mr Bean are funny.
He is her partner in crime and favorite companion on her swing set.
He reads Mother Goose like nobody else can.He is a rock star!
He grows food..right there in our backyard...just in case she is hungry. ;-)
He will sit for hours watching her play at a play gym without complaint
and color alongside her while watching NOVA. He knows how to open the
"child proof" snack cabinet. He knows a lot of stuff, like what a red blood cell
looks like, or what constellation we can see on a clear night. He can tell her the
name of the cloud up above her, but never lets that stop him from pretending it's a lion
or a tiger or a bear (oh my!) and he will watch the Wizard of Oz or Willy Wonka movies
over and over and sing along happily to the whole thing!
He can play The Lion Sleeps Tonight on the piano.
He is a very serious scientist by day, and a big goofball at home (sometimes), and we love him.

"Any man can become a father,
but it takes someone special to be a Daddy"....

8 comments:

Kari Wright said...

ahh...I too felt like the pig for the better part of three years..now?? DH hubby is absolutely blossoming with his sense of humor and patience and brilliance...I love nothing more than to see him at ease with our children.

ZILLA said...

This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dad, Kate. Princess is indeed a lucky little girl.

Patience said...

So lovely :-)

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

Someone should be a writer. How moving that was. Brings tears to my eyes. Loved your post. What a wonderful daddy.

Gottfredsen said...

A wonderful post. Hope you guys had a really great father's Day.

Kate in NJ said...

Thank you all ((hugs)) we did.

planetharris said...

Awwww...I loved that Kate. Made me appreciate "our Dad" just a little more, too...as much as the boys are attached to me, they would be lost without their father...thank you!!!

8)(8 said...

Happy Father's Day. That was a beautiful tribute.

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