Dad of the year

June 15, 2013

In the day-to-day grind of life, when things are hectic and chaotic, it is easy to take people for granted. 

And so, here is the long overdue list of the top 20 reasons my sons and I think my husband is Dad of the Year:

  1. He makes up nonsense songs that make us roll our eyes but only because we’re jealous we can’t come up with that stuff ourselves.
  2. There’s nothing cooler to a little boy than racing to the window when the caravan of fire trucks is coming, and your dad arranges for all the guys to honk and wave as they drive by.  What other kids get a private fire truck parade every time dad gets home from work? 
  3. He has endless patience with two overly serious, overly worried people (that would be me and the six-year-old).  It’s got to annoy him, being so laid back and easy going, but he never complains. 
  4. He makes mean scrambled eggs and bacon.
  5. He’s an awesome backyard wiffle ball player.
  6. He gives great hugs, even though he wasn’t a hugger before he had a family.
  7. He likes to poof up his super curly hair, which is really funny and somewhat scandalous to a six year old.
  8. It takes some coaxing, but when he gets to dancing the Hokey Pokey, he’s really good at it.
  9. In the eyes of his wife and kids, he can fix anything, from a leaky faucet to a broken heart.
  10. He prays with his family.
  11. He tells great jokes.
  12. He rides a motorcycle to work in the summer. I think the image of my husband heading off to a fire call on his motorcyle, waving goodbye and honking the horn as he races off to parts unknown will be forever seared into the six-year-old’s memory as one of the all-time coolest things ever. 
  13. He loves spending time with his kids.  He doesn’t think this is that big of a deal, but his wife knows that it is.
  14. He spends hours helping a six-year-old build a deer trap in the backyard, and enthusiastically joins him to check it nightly.  He is appropriately disappointed when they don’t catch anything.
  15. He lets the six-year-old “help” him around the house and in the yard, even though he could probably get the job done faster by himself.
  16. He never, ever raises his voice in anger.
  17. He considers raising his sons into good men his most important job.
  18. He claims to actually like getting up with the baby in the middle of the night.
  19. He tells mom she’s beautiful every single day, no matter how tired, sick, crabby, overwrought, and overwhelmed she may be.  He knows if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  And he makes mama very happy.
  20. He loves his family with his whole heart and soul, and he shows it in a million big and little ways, even though he doesn’t hear nearly enough how much we appreciate all that he does.

Happy Father’s Day to my dear husband.  We love you.

This article first appeared in the Lewistown News-Argus and the Sidney (Mont.) Herald on June 15, 2013.