Not actually Fathers Day itself, but a Father’s Day . . . that’s spent with the company of his daughter.
Three of my kids, if I hadn’t made it clear in the previous posts here, are not in my house for the summer. In order for me to work for a living through the summer, someone has to watch my children so my parents, without my even having to ask, take them to their home for the summer. It’s a lot of work, time, effort, and I’m incredibly blessed that they want to do it for me.
This weekend was a pretty spectacular one, as weekend adventures go, though. It started with a concert in the small suburb of Lincoln. Saw the Doobie Brothers, 43 years into their career, and they sounded better than I saw them more than 20 years ago.
Then I went to the local chapter of television Emmy awards.
Then came Sunday.
After I got home from San Francisco, where the awards were held, my oldest daughter, Abbi, was waiting at home with baited breath for me. She had a present she’d been holding for weeks to give me. I got home, after my fun weekend, and inside was a new phone case and a coffee cup (I live on caffeine) with all the kids’ pictures on them. I know that may seem like a typical Father’s Day gift, but it had special meaning for me since it came from my kids without any parental influence to give it to me.
I then spent the afternoon having an insanely unhealthy and delicious hamburger for dinner and then went and saw the new Superman movie. All of it came from my daughter, who refused to let me pay and used money from her own paycheck to foot the bill. I was more proud than you can possibly imagine. It’s hard, as a parent, as a Dad, to let your kids do something for you. But I remember trying to do it for my own father and how uncomfortable he was allowing me to pay for an expensive dinner. That in turn made me uncomfortable. It wasn’t either of our faults, that’s just how we’re wired, we take care of the kids, not the other way around. I wasn’t going to let Abbi feel that way, so I took the day with great pleasure. It was a good meal, good conversation, and a great movie.
Father’s Day had far more adventures I won’t chronicle here, as did the weekend. Still…I am both thankful and – in a word I don’t often use – blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people that let it all happen.