One time my friend made a stick person out of a rotten tomato from my parents’ garden. For touching his things, my dad took a bunch of tomatoes and smashed them on my bedroom door, floor and rubbed them into my rug.
Even on Father’s Day, when the cultural pressure to emote is at its highest, there are other ways you can express your gratitude.
A new research study from Dove Men+Care reveals that 2/3 of all dads feel that they aren’t accurately portrayed in media. Crazy, isn’t it?
If you want something, ask for it. A simple thought, yet many of us, including myself, never ask for what we want. In most scenarios, the worst they can say is “No.”
Mom always says, “You should marry a man just like your dad.” Well, Mom, I’ve been trying to find one, but whoever it is has real big cowboy boots to fill.
He did it better than most, but had to leave early.
After my mother died, when I was 14, he never missed a beat in filling the parental void in my life. He mastered cooking. He mastered laundry. He mastered scheduling. Most of all, he selflessly mastered my world.
These kids come in our lives and most of us start to figure things out. We figure out childcare. We figure out our respective roles. We figure out how the money works. And mostly, we figure out that we have to be flexible because no two children are the same.
Growing up, my dad had a lot of sayings that didn’t always make sense to me. But over time, I’ve learned the importance of quite a few of them.
I take a deep breath, I see my goal, and, slowly, carefully, I pull the trigger.