Father’s Day Minus 1

I had a conversation with my AACB last night and he mentioned his father. He talked about today being father’s day and their plans. Just that small mention got me thinking.

I started thinking about my dad. Today is father’s day and I haven’t celebrated this holiday in quite some time now. See, my dad passed away when I was eleven. That seems like forever ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember the times that we spent together and the impact that he had on my life. I don’t like to talk about missing him too much because it puts me in this funk. I loved my Dad and I still do. He was the epitome of what a great man should be. He also loved me very much. I was his baby girl. There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about him and wish he was here. There have been times that I wanted to call him for advice or just needed to lay in his arms and cry over some boy who had broken my heart. However, I seem to have managed to do okay. Now relationships, those are a different story.

I seem to look for traits of my dad in the men that I date. My dad had qualities that seem to only come once in a lifetime or once in a generation. So I’m looking for the Paul of my generation. A man who ‘s loving, kind, spiritual, caring, giving, and funny. A man who takes care of his responsibilities even when things don’t look so bright. A man who takes care of his kids and marries a woman who loves him dearly. A man who treats his daughters like princesses and reminds them that they are beautiful and any guy who doesn’t think so can kick rocks. He truly was the almost perfect man, since no one is perfect. He came pretty close though. I couldn’t have asked for a better dad.

I’ve said all of that to say this….. Cherish your father, not everyone has the opportunity to spend time with theirs. Spend time with him while you still can. I also want to say Happy Father’s Day to the men who rightfully wear that title. Father’s day is a wonderful holiday.

But for me, it’s a Father’s Day minus one…..

R.I.P. Dad!! I love and miss you every day.


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