World Citizen Wednesdays #29: Tribute to Fathers
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This week we ask…
In honor of Father’s Day, share something you appreciate about a favorite father in your life:
Stephanie of InCultureParent: I totally appreciate that my husband gets the girls up, dressed, fed and to school everyday on his own, so that I can go to early morning yoga everyday and then get into my job on time.
Mary of Sprout’s Bookshelf: Love that my husband is such an involved dad. For the past 3 years, while I finished grad school, he picked up all the slack around the house and made things so much fun for our son. They have had some wonderful adventures together and their bond is so close as a result. Really helped ease my guilt at being constantly busy to know my son was enjoying fun times with Daddy!
Amanda of Expat Life with a Double Buggy: I appreciate that my dad has always encouraged me to be the best I can be – and take directions that make me happy!
Olga of The European Mama: I love that my husband always knows that I’m too tired before I do. That he is the funniest, cleverest, most intelligent person I know. That he tried hard to learn Polish for me and the children. And, I appreciate that my father installed in me the love of good food and cooking!
Jody of Mud Hut Mama: I really appreciate that my husband gets up every morning with our girls so that I can sleep a little longer and I love watching him play with our daughters and hearing their squeals of delight. I’m thankful to my own Dad for encouraging me to follow my dreams even when they took me far from home.
Miwa of cranes and clovers: I’m thankful to my dad for being so strict about speaking Japanese at home when I was a child. Since we lived in the States there was really no other place where we could use it. I hated the Japanese-at-home rule but I’m so grateful now because I managed to turn out bilingual. Hopefully I can be as influential to my daughter!
Varya of Creative World of Varya: I appreciated my father spending a lot of time with me as a child. I think it really helped me see how i would want my husband and a father of my children to be. Hence, I am forever grateful to have my husband taking full charge of children’s lives whenever he has a chance and no matter how tired he is. My older daughter has a very special connection with him and I hope the younger one will too!
MaryAnne of Mama Smiles: My dad spent hours reading aloud to me as a child. I love remembering those magical evenings as I read the same books aloud to my own kids now! He used to tell funny stories about how he and my mom “found us” when I was very small – my favorite involved them driving down the mountain and coming across a gigantic snowball – with all of us kids inside! He also told wonderfully vivid stories about his own childhood, including his repeated attempts to fly by leaping off the swing set with his mother’s dishtowel around his neck. He loved to take us places, and he now takes my kids on exciting outings when he comes to visit!
Leanna of All Done Monkey: I have always loved that my dad is just a little off kilter and has a wonderful sense of humor. Now that I am older, I also appreciate all the years he went to work every day for long hours to support us, and even though I know he must have been exhausted, he still came home and played “jags” with us on the floor and told us Mickey Mouse stories at bedtime. And now I am lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man who works just as hard yet is also just as willing to run around and play with the kids when he gets home.
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I loved reading these! MaryAnne – How fun that your father told stories of finding you and your siblings in a snowball! Happy early Father’s Day to all these wonderful men!