With Father’s Day approaching, I was going through my old blog posts to see what I had written about previously in regards to dads, daughters, and husbands. There’s no re-dos here in blog land.
- ‘10 Things Dads WILL Teach their Daughters‘ is perhaps the most consistently read post on my blog. Day after day, two years later, people are finding this post via search engines.
- ‘Happy Father’s Day: A Letter to my Husband‘ was the #1 most-read blog post on all of Momstown.ca in 2013. I’m proud of this one, and it’s my husband’s favourite.
But this year, Father’s Day has shifted a bit for me. You see, there’s a little boy in our lives who recently lost his dad to cancer. And he’s all I can think about. He’s five years old. Five. The same age as my son. We’ve tried to help- we’ve made meals, we’ve taken him on day trips, we’ve hosted playdates. We’ve wrestled with him, blown bubbles, went golfing, and watched a movie. We’ve been inquisitive and interested and protective and loving. But we’re not his dad, and his hurt is fresh.
So, this Father’s Day, I challenge you, men and women alike, to ‘be a father’.
Be a teacher.
Be a listener.
Happy Father’s Day.