June 15, 2008

Father's Day II

If I end up being half the father my dad was to us growing up, I will be happy. The amazing thing about my dad  was that never missed an event, no matter how insignificant, for any of his three kids.  I never heard "I'm sorry, but I have to work late tonight" or "I wish I could make it but...".  My dad always dropped everything and was usually sporting his video camera so he could capture every moment.  

As kids, we were lucky enough to be able to spend the entire summer up in Cadillac, Michigan. My mom, brother, sister and I would be up there from the time school was out until it started again in the fall.  My Dad would come up for vacations and even switched to a 4 day work week to spend as much time as possible up there. He would head up Thursday night after work, and would commute back to Lansing about 3:00 a.m. Monday morning so he could squeeze every minute out of his weekend.  Summers up there were absolutely amazing.

When we got a little bit older, Ben and I  started playing baseball up in Cadillac, and every week we would invariably have a game on a night when my dad was not up there.  So, he would commute 150 miles from Lansing to Cadillac on a weeknight and pull up to the ball field at just about game time. He would watch every inning of the game, take us out for pizza afterwards and then turn around and commute back home so he could work the next day.  If there was a game on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he would do it for all three.  He never missed anything.  In essence, my goal with the triplets is to never miss a thing.  Being a Dad is the most rewarding job I have ever had and I am glad I was trained by the best.

My second father's day was leaps and bound better than the last.  I don't care what anybody has to say about it, kids get easier as they get older.  Yes, there are new challenges, but they become more and more self sufficient.  This weekend we spent time at the pool, had a neighborhood party and even had time for pictures.  Today was my "free" day.  I only changed a couple of diapers, didn't have to feed anybody and I was served a delicious pancake breakfast this morning.  I got to enjoy all of the benefits without doing any of the work.  What a great day, thanks Greta!


ThinkingMinds said...

Happy Father's Day.

Kevin Currie said...

Bon Chapeaux!

Anonymous said...

You make me feel guilty that Tim cannot be at all of our kids' events! He sure tries his best, so I hope our kids remember that! The pictures are amazing. Happy Father's Day! The Davis Family