A Well Deserved Retirement

Celebrating dad's retirement at a Penn State game

Celebrating dad’s retirement at a Penn State game

My dad’s arrival home to our little powder blue split level house was one of the most exciting parts of the day when I was growing up. He’d pull up in his Buick (always a Buick) after a long day at the office and my brother and I would run outside to show him the frog we found, or to take him for a ride in the Radio Flyer.

I have so many fond memories of my dad from when I was a child. I remember him teaching my little brother to ride his bike without training wheels, and the sheer joy on his face when he finally figured it out. I remember in junior high when he would practice softball with me endlessly in the backyard – perfecting my role as the slow but steady closing pitcher. I remember nights in high school when I was up crying about a boy, or nervous to go away to college. There was my dad, telling me everything would be ok. And most recently, when I told him how hard it has been to deal with infertility, he told me “You may not become a mother when and how you thought you would, but it will happen for you.” He is a man of few words, but they are usually the right ones.

Now that I have been in the workforce for 10 years, it is hard to imagine coming home from work and mustering up the energy to be such an engaged and loving parent. Some days, it is hard to be a good spouse. If I can be half the parent and all-around good guy that my dad is, my future kids will be very lucky.

Today was my dad’s last day of work. He has worked hard his entire life to support our family and give us a wonderful life with so many opportunities. Congratulations, dad, on a well deserved retirement!

Hanging out with dad

Hanging out with dad

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To the Dads and Wannabe Dads

Hubby after a Father's Day 4 miler

Hubby after a Father’s Day 4 miler

Father’s Day could be a rough day – a reminder of what we don’t have. But I’m choosing to celebrate my husband today for the amazing partner that he is (and of course daddy to our pup). Infertility makes it so very easy to think of the things that you don’t have and neglect to count your blessings. I’m incredibly blessed to have such a loyal, kind, hardworking, funny, smart, and supportive partner. Today I’m reflecting on the amazing father he will be to our future children. I can’t wait to see him in that role and know that he’ll be a natural.

Today I’m also thinking about my dad, who gave me life and has sacrificed so much for my happiness. He has been a strong and dependable force in my life, instilling values and but also showing me not to take life too seriously.  He is spending the day fly fishing and I’m so glad he is relaxing and taking time to do something he enjoys!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and wannabe dads out there!

Father-daughter dance

Father-daughter dance