Sunday, June 18, 2006

Papa's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads!

Happy Father's Day to you, Jay, father of our three not-so-little-anymore ones.

A few weeks ago, I watched you holding Lucy up to a drinking fountain. One arm around her waist, one hand holding both her knees, so that she was comfortably kneeling and could take her time getting a nice long drink. You didn't rush her or complain that she was heavy. You just held her there, and kissed the top of her head before putting her back down.

I love how you go out with a wrench every time we are to go on a long bike ride, and you check all our bikes for anything loose. It feels great to know you are keeping us safe, but what is even greater is that our boys are learning that that's what daddies do. Keep their brood safe.

Only a dad can take his son out to see Nacho Libre. And laugh at all the goofy stuff and come home and compete with each other to tell me the funny bits and the storyline.

I love how you never sit down at Sam's soccer games, but walk back and forth along the sidelines, keeping an eye on the ball, calling out encouragements, but never yelling mad.

It's neat to see the kids come out in the morning, one by one, and sit on the stairs like sleepy racoons, watching you get ready for work. And when you are at the door and going, you just have to say, "Okay, see you, guys!" and at least one of them always jumps up and goes flying at you for a goodbye hug. And you always laugh.

I love how Monty brings out the silly in you. And how Sam brings out the determined in you. And how Lucy brings out such tenderness, such sweetness, it catches my heart.

Happy Father's Day. With love. To you.

19 Comments:

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Colleen said...

What a beautiful post!!!

I love to watch my husband with his girls as well!!! It melts my heart every time!!!

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger speckledpup said...

girl,...you slay me.

marvelous post.
absolutely marvelous.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Circus Kelli said...

That's a great post, Amy. So very great. I hope Jay had a great day.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger LadyBug said...

Beautiful, darlin'. Just beautiful. Love and hugs to you and yours.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

That post was beautiful!!

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Sheryle said...

A lovely post, Amy. Yesterday my girls were sitting on their daddy's lap watching funny video clips on the computer, they were all giggling together. He's so clearly in love with them. It's a beautiful thing.

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger kalki said...

So lovely. Made me cry, you did. I loved the last part - what each of them brings out in him - the most.

Here's to Jay.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Lucky Lum said...

That was so very touching!

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger The Kept Woman said...

So sweet! It's amazing what fatherhood can do to men, isn't it?

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Mainline Mom said...

awww that's AWESOME! Can't wait for my hubby to be a daddy times two!

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger MMC said...

Can't type through the tears! Beautiful!

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Alexiev said...

Great...
Cool

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger eclectic said...

Lovely, Amy! There's a word for us, isn't there? Blessed.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Annejelynn said...

ahhhhh - what a sweet tribute! And a father who has the patience for drinking fountains is a good daddy! That's how it should be, complete with kisses!

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger judypatooote said...

That is the sweetest thing ever.... I can hear the love in your heart.....this was a wonderful post Amy, it sounds like you have a special family.....

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Annejelynn said...

toooo busy to post, eh?

I understand (this is no way a complaint nor a demand for you to post - kinda)

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger eclectic said...

Just happy to stop by and see I'm not the only mom whose summer is leaving little time for blogging...! ;) Thinking of you!!

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Sharkey said...

Where ya been, lady? :) I hadn't seen a post in such a long time that I thought maybe my feed reader wasn't picking you up, so I decided to stop by and check on you.

Hope you're having so much fun that you don't have time for the computer.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Hey...I started coming by here regularly after your recent post on my blog, but you haven't updated since Father's Day! Yeah, it's summer, I know. I haven't been updating so much either. But come on, comedy lady...throw us a bone! ;)

 

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