Father’s Day was this past weekend here in North America and Melissa and her other half posted a very sweet Father’s Day Gift Idea. We celebrated by having burgers for breakfast (yummy sauce recipe below) and ice cream cake for dessert. I wish my daddy a very Happy Father’s Day even though I wasn’t be there to celebrate with him.
Saying my daddy was always working is probably an understatement and most my memories are of my daddy were of him working, but I have many fond memories too.
When I was really young, he was never around the house because he was always working. But then as my siblings and I were a little older, I remember playing at the back of the building where daddy and mommy worked. This was a large dirt area where my daddy taught us how to ride our bikes when he was on a break. I also remember playing in an empty parking lot while they worked. This was the same parking lot where I remember my daddy teaching us how to play badminton and to fly a kite.
My dad worked seven days a week for 16 hours a day but I remember that he was often smiling while he worked. Because working, while tiring and sometimes challenging, was an opportunity to better ourselves. So I am not afraid of hard work, I am appreciative of what I have and most importantly, I smile, even when the going is tough, all because of my daddy.
Then when I was even older, I remember helping out, and then working alongside, and eventually holding fort on my own. Nothing could have honed my skills or boosted my confidence in my abilities or prepared me for the real world more than those experiences, all thanks to my daddy.
While most memories revolved around working, there were some other fond memories too, like of all the times he brought home a new dog or cat. He also instilled a love of camping, road trips, open water and the general appreciation of nature. He taught me how to fish and was there for my first catch and again, he was there when I accidentally caught one of the biggest fish of the day.
He taught me how to drive and parallel park like a champ (probably can’t do it anymore but that’s not his fault). And he also taught the importance of good dental hygiene.
This article at the art of manliness covers 10 reasons according to science why Fathers are important. My daddy is important to me because he took the time to teach me so much and helped make me the person who I am today.
My daughter is probably still too young to tell me how her daddy is important to her at the moment but she has some big shoes to fill.
(These daddy’s and my shoes photos were cuter when her shoes were teeny tiny but I think I’ll still keep taking them for her. So if she ever becomes a shoe lover like me, she’ll have these pictures to help her remember her shoes from her childhood.)
Happy belated Father’s Day to my daddy, my daughter’s daddy, and to all the daddies out there! Thank you. You Guys Rock!
Breakfast Burger Sauce Recipe
Makes enough sauce for four burgers. Adapted from the Food Network
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
I used a sweet chili sauce instead of the hot sauce, and omitted the chili powder so there would be less heat since my daughter and her daddy aren’t huge on spicy foods. Enjoy!