Today I want to say "Thank You" to my dad for all the many things he has done for me, my sister, and our families over the years. I can tell you that he has done many more things that I can ever repay. When we were growing up, my dad worked long hours at his job, and he went to night school for six or seven years to earn his Bachelor's Degree when we were still very young. When you're still a child, it's hard to fully appreciate the commitment required to see this through; but as an adult I watched my husband do the same thing to earn his Master's Degree, and my eyes were fully opened to the sacrifice that required.
I also remember that wherever he went, he always tried to send us a postcard when time permitted, and he also brought mementos home to my mom, my sister, and myself. Those meant a lot to me at the time; it was exciting to receive something from another state or country, but they mean even more to me now. They mean that he was thinking of us and missing us when he was away, and he cared enough about us to bring us a gift, which he knew would be fun and exciting for us.
When we were raising our son, I think I became fully aware of how much my parents had done for us. I also gained an appreciation of how difficult it is at times to be a good parent. As much as you love your children, it's still a challenge to be a good parent. But I've decided that I think one of the payoffs of being a good parent is that you may be lucky enough to one day have grandchildren. My parents have two grandchildren -- my sister's daughter and my son. My dad is crazy about both of them, and he has done so much for them, and with them, over the years.
My parents were fortunate to be able to retire when their grandchildren were still very young, and I think it enabled them to enjoy their grandchildren even more. Our son and niece had several fun trips to Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, NC, summer days at my parents' pool, and trips to the beach condo, where we all met up at the family arcade and had a great time playing all the games. And every Christmas, my parents took Will and Anna to see Santa Claus at the cute Santa House near them, and afterwards, the kids spent the night with their grandparents. Fun times and happy memories.
Through their college years, my dad was always so encouraging and supportive of both his grandchildren. I know that meant a lot to Will and Anna, but I think it meant a whole lot more to my sister and I.
A grandfather's love is a very special one, and a father's love is, as well. Thank you Daddy, for everything you have done for me and mine. I am eternally grateful and proud to have you for a father. I hope you have the best Father's Day ever!!