Happy Father's Day!
In honor of Father's Day, today's Sentimental Sunday will highlight the men in my life who I am honored to call Father - in one form or another. First I'd like to honor my own Dad.
This picture was taken a few years ago at a surprise birthday party that my Dad threw for Sandy. With us is my younger brother Paul. My Dad is the type of person who lives life to the fullest. Growing up my Dad always had high expectations for me and my brother, but he never interfered or tried to micromanage our lives or decisions. He provided guidance when necessary, but let us make our own decisions and mistakes. The result is that I grew up to be a very self-sufficient, responsible and capable person. I will always be grateful for that. Thanks Dad. I love you
Next I'd like to honor my wonderful husband, Geoff, the father of my children. This picture was taken during our family vacation to Portugal in April 2008. Geoff is without a doubt, the most loyal, understanding and patient of men. I will be the first to admit that I am not always the easiest person to live with, but his love for me never wavers. I have to give the guy credit. Geoff is also a great Dad to Katie and Madeleine. He is always the voice of reason in a house full of hormonal females. (Poor guy).
Next I'd like to honor my Father-in-Law, Gary. Gary is a generous man who is quick with a laugh and a smile. He has a big heart and loves to spend time with his family. This picture was taken at Audrey's surprise birthday party a couple of years ago. This photo captures Gary's big-hearted and easy-smiling personality perfectly.
Lastly, I like to honor my maternal grandfather, Leo. Grandpa died in 1981 when I was a 17 year old junior in HS. He was my favorite person in all the world. He and my Grandma were a port in the storm during my turbulent adolescent years. They were the embodiment of unconditional love. I loved spending time with them. I always felt loved and cherished in their presence. I was my grandfather's "pet" and I knew it and relished it. He called me Lizzytish and The Queen (because I always got my own way). He told me I could do anything I wanted, if I worked hard enough at it. And I believed him. I still do. He impressed upon me the importance of an education. He made me feel smart and powerful. I am what I am today because of him and his love for me. I still miss him. And I will be forever thankful for the intangible gifts he gave me. They were more precious than gold. Happy Father's Day Grandpa. You are never far from my thoughts.
And to all the Dads out there. I hope your special day is filled with love, laughter and hugs. Lots of hugs.