There's nothing quite so good for a man's ego as the admiration of his daughter.
This year, the Solstice falls on a day that Kara would normally spend with her mother. However, because it's Father's Day, I got a little extra time with her. Spending the first day of Summer with her was comforting on many levels this year.
The day started with the traditional breakfast in bed, though it was "supposed" to be a surprise. I quite naturally had "no idea" that she had anything planned. She's never done this before. Nope. Never.
And, no, there was nothing suspicious in her a) telling me that I needed to sleep in until at least 9:00 am and and b) later asking if would it be okay if she cooked some breakfast in case she "woke up early." Nope, nothing to see here. All perfectly natural. Right?
It was sweet, really. And nice to be pampered for a moment.
I'm not sure how she finagled it (because she'd done it while at her other home), but she managed to get a few small things for me (shown in the photo). The front of the card says:
Dad, I will never forget many of the things you've told me.
To which, the inside adds:
Or understand them or do them really. But I'll remember them. Happy Father's Day
To which, she'd written underneath:
I love you and I sometimes will actually do them. But not so often that you get used to it.
P.S. You are a rockin' dad!"
She has a sweet tooth the size of Texas, so it's no surprise that she gave me things that she enjoys, clearly hoping I'll enjoy them, too. She knows that Almond Joy is one of my favorite candy bars (Because' y'know, sometimes you do feel like a nut) and M&M cookies are one of her favorites (I had gotten her one as a special treat).
She'd put a piece of her cookie in a plastic bag and used a Sharpie to scribble a sweet message:
My love is a cookie and I'm giving a lot to you.
Sure, it's a little corny, but I'm a little corny and, besides, it really was lovely.
We spent low-key day together. We played video games, watched a movie, played catch, and generally hung out. It was, in large part, a day like many others that we've spent together. And that, too, was very sweet for me.
And, later in the day, I managed to get her to slow down long enough to take the perfect picture for the magnetic photo frame shown in the photo. There's a blank spot
on the refrigerator that's perfect for it.
It was probably the best Father's Day I could reasonably ask for this year. A sweet, simple memory of the best kind of Family time.--f
Photo credit: Me
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