June 22, 2013 by Dragonfly Diva
“When I look back on my life, I won’t be thinking about any particular legislation I passed or policy I promoted. I’ll be thinking about Michelle, and the journey we’ve been on together. I’ll be thinking about Sasha’s dance recitals and Malia’s tennis matches – about the conversations we’ve had and the quiet moments we’ve shared. I’ll be thinking about whether I did right by them, and whether they knew, every day, just how much they were loved.” —President Obama on fatherhood
When I saw this quote last weekend it made me think of my father. That is the type of man he is. Quietly thinking, taking things in, a part of the journey of life beside my mother, with every fiber of his being. He was always there for my dance recitals and played softball in the back yard with my sister and I. He helped me with my math homework, drew homemade tool flashcards when I was in high school shop class and guided my painting of a bald eagle for a diorama in sixth grade, helping me find my creativity and unleashing a lifelong passion for arts and crafts. His life has been about us, not himself. No bragging or showing off his own accomplishments, but a steady focus on what he could do to give us the world, no matter how small or large our need.
I watch him now, doing the same types of things with my son. From a young age all of his grandchildren have flocked to his basement workshop. The youngest learning to pound nails, the older ones graduating to “helping” with designing patterns for whatever they imagine, using the lathe and other machines. Always stressing safety first and just soaking up his time in their lives. He did the same for our husbands and in the case of my brother-in-law, he brought his second wife and step-daughter into the fold, even after living through loosing my sister, his first wife. When my step-daughter made a brief, but devastating appearance in our lives, her son was like another grandson to him. He was always ready to be there when needed.
If there is a chance that in his mind he has thoughts similar to those of our President, I want him to know…we know. We know how much we are loved and a resounding yes, you have done right by us all. Happy Father’s Day again to you Dad! The world is a better place because you are in it.