The older I get, the more I see that not all people experienced the unconditional love of a father like I did. To me, that’s so sad.
Here are a few things that struck me with my Dad:
- I could call him at any hour of the night if I was lost on my drive, or needed to hear his voice while I drove. He was my personal GPS because he knew Montreal like the palm of his hand. And he got me home every time. And if I had had too much to drink, he would pick me up, no matter what time it was.
- He was proud of everything I did. I remember I was painting a single colour of a background on a canvas for a piece I was going to do when I was in the arts program in college. He went on about how beautiful it was. It was one colour. But he said the way I did it, with strokes and shades, made it beautiful. That’s a proud papa.
- He enjoyed life. He LIVED it. He tried new food, he experienced new culture, and he challenged himself with different things. To see that growing up every day shaped who I am today.
He’s passed and I miss him every single day, and if it’s possible, more so on Father’s Day. He would have loved the kids and spoiled them, and showed them all I saw in him.
Father’s Day is another hard day of the year. We used to go to the local fish monger and get lobster (his favourite) and have a big meal and enjoy each other’s company. Fresh vegetables from his monstrous garden were also part of the meal. It was a way of starting off summer with smiles and deliciousness.
I do this now in honour of him, with my children and my husband. Papa MOE is a father to our children that my father would be proud of. I am. He’s not a man of many words, but my husband shows his love every day to the boys. It’s a beautiful thing to see.
To celebrate Papa MOE, Hallmark has some simple and special gifts for Father’s Day. Here are my picks:
I’ll be drilling in the bottle opener on the deck as a surprise. And I took a sweet picture of the children for the frame. What I love about this frame is that it is thick enough to sit on a table, but is has the right hole in the back for hanging on the wall. And this is a frame nice enough to hang up in his office. I know these gifts will make him happy.
Hallmark wants you to celebrate a special father in your life with this frame above. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form and be sure to leave a comment about what Fatherhood means to you. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Giveaway ends on July 2nd, 2015 at 11:59pm. Good luck!
I wish you all a special Father’s Day filled with good food, great company, lit candles for those passed, and lots and lots of LOVE.