Generally when asking a father about Father’s Day, you’ll solicit answers about how he’s a protector and a provider, or how he’s honored to represent “Dads” and not “donors”. Although these may all be true, it’s become cliché. Instead I’d like to talk about the little things that make being a father special.
Little things is a bit of a misnomer; because they’re more like large, memorable moments. Like, whenever my daughter has to go #2, she makes me sit with her and sing happy birthday to everything from feet to turning the light off (yes it’s disturbing, but I think that’s what makes it endearing). Or, when my wife is in an especially informative, storytelling mood, how my son and I have developed little looks that we pass each other… like our own inside joke (please don’t tell my wife). The way the house can quiet in an instance when I’m in an irritable mood and give a voice rumbling “Stop It!!!” It’s falling asleep with the twins in my arms. It’s holding the both of them during Sunday service. It’s watching an animated film with my son and being able to find the same scene hilarious. It’s walking in the door after a hard days work and being disregarded as I walk into the room. I know that last one sounds weird, and, I can’t say that it always feels good, but it’s something refreshing knowing that the entire house is so comfortable that my presence doesn’t disrupt them in the least. I, in a way, feel good when they feel good.
As I said, it’s the little things that makes being a father… being a father. In the end, these are the memories that will make me feel up when I get down. These are the moments that will make me smile in one of my quiet moments. It’s the “little things” that ultimately make Father’s Day special. So to all the dad’s out there from all of us here at the Houseful of Nicholes, Have a very, very happy, wonderful, absolutely fantastic Father’s Day!!!