It’s Father’s Day 2021. My second official Father’s Day without my dad but truly the first that I grasp as we were just parting ways with my dad in 2020 amidst a pandemic. With the celebration of life so close to Father’s Day it still seemed liked we celebrated in a way.
This year is different. No dad to call on the phone. No gift to buy. No note to write. Nothing. I got to thinking of how I could celebrate Father’s Day.
- I could do all the things with my mom that I would with my dad since she is technically playing a dual role of mom and dad to me in the current day.
- I could spend the day going through memories from previous years and celebrate what was.
- I could write a list of things I missed most about him and add to it each year.
- I could honor him silently in something I do today.
What will I actually do? The day is still young but I am thinking. I will do a little walking as my dad liked to take walks. I will laugh some because he was always a jokester. I will talk to or exchange smiles with a stranger at the park because that’s what my dad would do. I will have a cup of tea and toast him as he loved a hot cup of tea. I will look for a cardinal today to see if one passed by. If not a cardinal maybe I’ll see a sign he is watching.
I think of my dad often. I truly miss him. He can never be replaced. My mom is lonely without him. He wasn’t really a guy who gave lots of flowers but he was loyal to the core.
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there. Whether by blood or by choice, dads have an opportunity to leave their mark on many in the world. I’m one of the lucky ones. I had a good daddy. I am forever daddy’s little girl and proud of it. Just shy of the 60 years of marriage mark at the time of his passing. He was truly one of the good ones.
I hope another dad somewhere appreciates my Father’s Day post since I can’t have my dad for an in person Father’s Day.