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.
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
To all the men out there who influence others in a positive way – thank
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?