Hope all the Fathers out there had a great Fathers Day.
I would like to share a part of mine with you all.
I went to my oldest daughters(27 y/o) house to pick up my other 2 youngest kids, who had spent the week with her, only to be surprised with a Fathers Day celebration.
Yep the presents were great as was the BBQ as well but it was the Card that my oldest daughter made for me that brought a tear to my eye.
The Card Titled "Memories of DAD and ME" was crudely made to resemble one fabricated by a 4 year old complete with stick figured "Dad " and "Daughter" and misshapen-ed truck.
Inside was a comic strip format showing all the things we did together when she was growing up. She was the only child until she was 17 when my other daughter was born so there was lots of one on one time together. One scene in particular was her and I riding thru the woods along the Inter-coastal waterway which we did often and would stop to fish at the culverts that drained creeks and swampy areas into the canal. We would also have lunch there and that is what she drew in the final frame of that particular scene, her and I on a blanket eating with a Barge in the canal with little hearts flowing from her character and captioned "this is the best day ever daddy".
That is a statement that I have already heard from my 9 year old son also as we sat on the tailgate of the truck and ate lunch during a scouting trip.
There were lots of days at Softball games, practice and tournaments, little notes we would leave to each other, fishing, camping, shooting guns, just hanging out at Sonic, our Thursday tradition of Popeyes Chicken and Wednesday night pancake nights which she remembered and drew into the card.
I often wondered if I was getting through to her when we would do these things. I got that answer yesterday and I am grateful that it was the outdoor activities that she remembers the most fondly.
Take your kids out to the great outdoors and just be with them. They'll never forget it. Neither will you.