Blessed am I to have three close men in my life, who also happen to be dads. One is my dad, one is the father of my children and one is the father of my nephew. All such different characters and all bring so much to my life.
But then there’s my closest friend. She’s a single parent. Not by choice. She is raising two boys, studying full time and navigating the world of her late thirties as a single lady with more courage than I have ever seen in anyone. This Father’s Day I salute her. More on that in a moment.
You all forgive me for not being great with presents/cards. I’m pleased I remembered it was Father’s Day at all! I’ve written this to show the world how much you mean to me.
Many words have passed between us over the years. I’m not sure who has said more – we both love to talk. With a strong connection from the start (reading books!) I always felt that you ‘got me’. I stroke our kids’ foreheads the way you did mine, because I think of the comfort those weekend cuddles in bed gave me.
For the trips to ‘the ducks’, for enduring hours of inter-school debating (!!), for attempting to bite your tongue on the netball court sidelines, for picking me up from parties at night and walking me down the aisle. Thank you.
Right now, you believe in me and I can feel it. And it means the world.
Battling depression with courage and never giving up, you have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons. There is grace in your journey, even if it hasn’t felt like that to you. Thanks Dad.
To my husband.
The father of my kids. Ugh! My heart ACHES when I think about how lucky our kids are to have you as their dad. They are growing up with a hands on and affectionate Dad, and this brings them joy that you are not even aware of.
I know that it’s intense for us, raising them in Brisbane without family close by. And sometimes we just want a break (“OMG BE QUIIIIIIET”!). But here we are, five years on, doing it.
Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader and taking on so much this past year, as I’ve had the chance to pursue my dreams.
You are missing your Dad today, and it breaks my heart he never got to see you in this role as a father. I imagine you showing him our new born babies and the pride on his face would have moved mountains. You are strong and capable and soft-hearted. I’m so grateful it’s you I’m sharing this journey with.
And to my bro.
A new dad. What a path you have taken in life. Thanks for introducing me to alcohol! LOL! I am proud of the dad you are and the dad you will become. You take on everything you do with passion – and your son’s life is no different. He’ll have a dad who has experienced a lot, is independent and loving and knows what it’s like not to ‘fit the mould’. All of that you bring to him. The lucky boy!
And to my gorgeous friend.
It’s your Father’s Day too. Your boys are beyond blessed to have a mother that is as capable, strong, compassionate and nurturing as you. You bring them more than most mother/father combos. You pick up the pieces, you think through parenting decisions, you bring your best self to their lives. I am beyond proud of you. They are amazing children and you, my friend, are a FABULOUS woman.
Happy Father’s Day to all x