Any man (almost) can be a father but it takes a special man to be a Dad. To me, a father is the biological donor who basically washes their hands of the child once they are born. They can be there physically but not there emotionally. I am so very fortunate that I am surrounded by many Dads!
Here's to my Dad - even though he is no longer with us, he was a great hands on father before that was the norm. From teaching me to walk (without my mother's knowledge) to taking me out to the deep deep water when I was a toddler to giving me "grown up coffee" when I was still in single digits, he may not have always followed Mom's rules but he was always a big presence in my life. He was also an incredible grandfather to my sister's kids. How I wish he had lived to see my son and my brother's daughter. Since my son's name was based on his name, I just know he would have been proud as punch with my son.
Here's to my Father-in-Law - I didn't know my husband when he was growing up but I do appreciate what a great grandfather you are to my son. Hardly a sporting event or concert goes by that you are not in attendance regardless of the temperature or the distance away.
Here's to my Brother - who would have known that a little blonde daughter would have you wrapped around her little finger? Jocelyn is turning into an amazing, accomplished young lady and I know a lot of the credit goes to you.
Last in the list, but first in my heart, here's to my hubby, the father of our son - what a fun almost 15 years it has been! I know you weren't sure what kind of father you would be but time has shown that you are one amazing Dad. You are always there to support him in whatever he wants to do. There is no one else I would rather share this journey with and no one else I would rather spend the "hundreds of games and practices, hours in parking lots waiting or hours just being a family" with. Evan is lucky to have you for a Dad and I thank my lucky stars daily.
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads.
Here's to all the Dads in the world!