I've got news! We're moving. Yuppers. We sold our house and are packing like maniacs to get out of here on time. Because of that, I don't have a brain left, so I invited a very special friend here to share her thoughts for Father's Day.
Take it away Kelley Hicken!
I know a man who repaired a broken windshield wiper in the middle of a hailstorm with nothing but a paperclip. While his ingenuity earned him the title “MacGyver,” the memory that stands out most is his calm endurance. I call this man Dad, and he has taught me that I can be at peace even when life’s storms are pummeling me.
I know a man who always grew the first ripe tomato in the neighborhood. He had a sixth sense for what it means to nurture and reap a bountiful harvest. I saw it in his garden as well as his devotion to his family. I call this man Grandpa, and he taught me that what I give attention to will grow – whether that be a tomato plant, an idea or a relationship.
I know a man who impregnated his then 15-year-old girlfriend. After agonizing over the decision, he agreed to place the child for adoption. He later went on to serve in the military and continues to work to be a good example to his son. This man is my adopted son’s birth father. He taught me that being a parent means letting go of my selfish desires to provide the best opportunities for my kids, even when it hurts.
I know a boy who will someday become a father. He has an overwhelming love for all people, and has shown me what it means to love someone more than myself. Because of him, now I know how my dad feels about me. I call this boy my son, and he has awoken me to a sense of global responsibility because I want the world to be a better place for him.
I know a man who reads books on how to be a gentleman. That says everything you need to know about his values. I am eternally blessed to call this man my husband, and he teaches me that every small decision we make shapes our character. It’s never too late to be kinder, healthier, or to achieve our dreams.
To all the men out there who influence others in a positive way – thank you.
Happy Father’s Day!
Kelley Hicken recently published Bojo the Boogery Bugger, a picture book about a cat who is allergic to everything. However, her deepest love for writing centers on YA fantasy, and her current (never-ending) novel might actually kill her. She thrives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband and two kids.
Do you have an wonderful memory of a father you'd like to share? Who are you celebrating today?
Your post is very uplifting. I miss my dad very much, but I celebrate his life. He still guides me through the tough times.ReplyDelete
Thanks, JJ. Sorry your dad's not with you, but I love how you still feel connected.Delete
What a heartwarming read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this beautiful day!ReplyDelete
Of course! Thanks to Crystal for letting me take over for the day. :)Delete
Hi Crystal - good luck with the move .. Hi Kelley - thanks for these lovely stories - I keep thinking about my parents now both have gone and the lessons they taught me through love ... Cheers HilaryReplyDelete
I'm sure days like today are bittersweet when your loved ones have passed. Thanks for the kind words.Delete
Hi Hilary, thank you!Delete
Thank you, Kelley, for such lovely words to focus thoughts today. Thank you, Crystal for sharing them here, and all the best with your move ...ReplyDelete
Thanks, Julia. *raising a cheese wedge*Delete
What beautiful memories to carry with you! Thanks for sharing them.ReplyDelete
I always say I have a terrible memory, but when I sit down to write about people I love, it's amazing how much floods back. Thanks for reading!Delete
Great guest post! Good luck with your move. Moving is never much fun, but it's always well worth it once you're in your new place.ReplyDelete
Too true! Here's hoping we survive. =)Delete
You have some fine men and fathers in your life!ReplyDelete
I do! I'm not sure how I got so lucky.Delete
That's a wonderful, heart-warming post, Kelley. Your life is indeed richer for knowing these people.ReplyDelete
Indeed! Thanks for the kind comment.Delete
This was beautifully woven together, Kelly. You took me back to my own memories with my grandfather when he would show me how to pick the ripe tomatoes from his little, yet plentiful, garden. Crystal, good luck with your move and happy Father's Day all!ReplyDelete
What a compliment, Gina, thank you!Delete
What a beautiful way to show how much the men in your life mean to you by something they do or how they act. You are indeed lucky to have all of these wonderful people in your life. Great post Kelley!ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Linda.Delete
What a lovely post about fathers of all kinds!ReplyDelete
And Crystal, congrats on selling your house! Good luck with the move!
Thanks, Laura. I need it.Delete
Such a beautiful post. There are so many fantastic fathers out there and they were honored today.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the move, Crystal.
Thank you, Medeia!Delete
Hope everything goes well with the move, Crystal! Time to pull out the time stopper, eh? ;)ReplyDelete
And what a beautiful post, Kelley!
Thanks for reading, Heather!Delete
YES. Totally time for that, but I think it got packed away in one of these boxes. Grr.Delete
Beautiful post. I like the way you introduced each person.ReplyDelete
Best of luck with the move, Crystal.
Lovely! Good fathers are so often unappreciated.ReplyDelete
True, Donna. Thanks for reading!Delete
I'm glad fathers get a day of their own. They need the spotlight for all they do.ReplyDelete
What a lovely story. And Crystal, good luck with your move.ReplyDelete
My children's biological parents are my heros!ReplyDelete
Good luck packing Crystal.
I love that. I heart adoption!Delete
Thankee much. Hopefully I'll survive. =)Delete
Congratulations on the move, and best of luck with the packing. This was a lovely and touching blog post to fill the void while your brain is otherwise engaged. I really liked it. Thank you Kelly :)ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Rhonda! Thanks for reading.Delete
Thanks, Rhonda. We will conquer!Delete
I am celebrating my father for all that he has done.ReplyDelete
That's great! Hope it was a great day.Delete
Sensational title and absolutely lovely story. I now need to know how to fix a windscreen with a paperclip.ReplyDelete
Crystal picked the title. :) Good luck with that engineering feat, Juliette.Delete
Neat guest post:) Also, glad you got your house sold! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mark. Now on to new things, eh?Delete
What a beautiful post Kelley :) it's nice to meet you!ReplyDelete
And you're moving Crystal? Don't leave!! I can change!!
LOL. Love you, Keith.Delete
Thank you! It's nice to meet you, too.Delete
What a heartwarming post! You have some great men in your life. Nice to meet you too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nick - it's great to meet you, too.Delete
I loved the description of the different men in her life - esp. the adopted son's father. And the husband who's reading a book about being a gentleman... man, too bad he's taken!!ReplyDelete
Ha! Margo, that's awesome. Sure, he's taken - but he has an older brother in WY who is (inexplicably) single and just as awesome. Just sayin'... :) Thanks for reading.Delete