Husband Walter on Father’s Day 2013
In our younger days, proud papa Walter and I pose with offspring Walt and new little Jeremy in October 1979.
On our way back from celebrating Father’s Day at Husband Walter’s favorite restaurant for breakfast, I was thinking about how thankful I am for the way he has fathered and grandfathered through the years.
There are many wonderful fathers who are no longer living but whose positive influence continues in my life. But Sunday my thankfulness for my husband triggered mental list-making of additional fathers alive and present who I consider blessings. They are all guys who stick.
They are present with their families physically and emotionally through the mountain highs, the valleys, canyons and everyday stuff. They live their lives with integrity and courage and actively make family a priority. Here are a few:
At the top are our two sons. I am thankful of the men they have become. I am thankful that they chose brides who share their love of family and their commitment to guiding and training their children toward becoming loving, compassionate, responsible adults.
Then there are the fathers of our nieces and nephews. And I am also thankful that I can add both our sons’ fathers-in-law to this list.
I appreciate that our sons are embraced in warm, loving, intact families led by their wives’ fathers. Our sons' fathers-in-law surround our grandchildren and their other grandchildren with love and models for living a life with joy.
“Sleepy” musicians granddaughter Molly Kate and Baboo share silly times and tunes on the floor during a visit to our home Saturday.