Today is Father’s Day in the UK.
Sometimes I think Dad’s get a raw deal. These days there are so many adverts where Dad’s are forgotten about altogether (for example any Proctor & Gamble product ad where they are ‘Proud Sponsors of Mum’s’ – but not Dad’s apparently…) and often portrayed as generally a bit incapable or a source of ridicule. My experience however is very different.
My Dad was very hands on, despite the fact he worked hard and was often working away from home in far away countries, he always missed us terribly and felt awful if he was away over our birthdays or missed any other important event. He’d do his fair share of getting up in the middle of the night to see to us as babies, changed thousands of nappies and no doubt been puked on several times. He was (and still is) a man full of advice, protective and loving. He can be a bit silly at times (OK quite a lot) but I wouldn’t change him for the world.
He gave me away on my wedding day and read a reading I had written. I will not forget the look on his face when I came downstairs in the morning in my wedding dress. He drove me to the wedding and to our reception and did a lovely speech.
My Dad with my siblings
My (now ex) husband, too, is a wonderful father. I was stepmother to his son from a previous relationship and I know how difficult it was for him to leave his previous home and not be with his son every day. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his son and never lets him down.
My ex-husband and his son from a trip on a steam train four years ago.
So here is to all the wonderful Dad’s out there – and grandfathers. Hope you all have a lovely day!
My Dad as a toddler with his parents
(Note that this post has been edited since written as I separated from my husband a few years later!)