Dear Dad….an open letter
I meant to write this open letter to my Dad on Sunday in honour of Fathers’ Day, but we were too busy enjoying Fathers’ Day all together. Then Tara from Sticky Fingers offered up the subject of “Dad” for this week’s gallery, so this blog post is in honour of my amazing dad.
I suppose this letter is a thank you really. A thank you for all the things you’ve done for me, big or small, over the last 37 and a bit years. I’m not going to list them here as that could (would) go on forever, so here are what are for me the main ones:
Thank you for being a fantastic dad – you were strict but not too strict when I was growing up, so I never felt like I had to lie to you about what I was doing, but I had clear boundaries too. You helped me out just enough financially, so I was never totally stuck but so that I knew the value of money – getting my first part-time job aged 14, and paying you back various loans over the years.
Thank you for being the font of all knowledge. Despite studying maths at Oxford (many moons ago), you somehow know everything about anything, be it science, maths, history, geography, the English language, Latin, music and more. Now you’re retired you should really think about taking up quiz shows and pub quizes as a little money-spinner 😉
Thank you for being a DIY god, and for helping Hubs build our swimming pool in France when I was pregnant with L, and for all the DIY builds and fixes you’ve done for me over the years!
Thank you for what you did for me/us on our wedding day. There are very few dads who would do their speech in English and in French when they barely speak the language, in front of 120 people (more than half of whom you don’t know), when you’re naturally a shy person (a trait you totally didn’t pass on to me!). As if that weren’t enough, thank you also for singing Louis Armstrong’s “What a wonderful world” for Hubs and me to dance to as our first dance.
Even when you’re being completely pedantic and I tease you for being Victor Meldrew, you’re still the best dad ever and I’m so lucky to have you, and to be living near you and Mum again.
Thank you ,finally, for being the best Grandpa to my two girls, and for being a second dad to Hubs.
Lots of love,
Your pain in the a*se middle child,
I love this picture that I took of you and L this Fathers’ Day, just after you’d explained to her the Greenwich Meridian Line and you were teasing her about brushing her hair with your beard 🙂
If you want to see other photos on the subject of Dad, pop on over to this week’s gallery on the Sticky Fingers blog below.