Daddy Cool

This weekend was Father’s Day in Australia. Days like these always make me reflect on what I have and it is nice to be reminded of how lucky I am to have a Dad like mine. Other people speak of their fathers and often their stories are of distance and loss. I feel very fortunate that not only is my Dad still around, he’s a pretty top fella at that.

For most of our growing up years, Mum was the one who worked while Dad was studying at university. For my sister and me, it meant that Dad was around a lot and, reflecting back at my childhood, I feel very privileged that I was able to have these years with him. Not only was he around, but he made such an effort to have quality time with us. In the school holidays we experimented with making paper and crab apple jelly. We collected rocks from the river and painted them together. I loved spending time with him in the shed while he made all kinds of things out of wood and patiently explained how things should go together. I still remember what the “PVA” in PVA glue stands for!

Unfortunately, a lot of people can’t say their Dad’s have always been loving, encouraging and supportive. But I can. I will always remember when Dad printed my first ever poem onto the paper we made. The poem was terrible and I was mortified, but the sentiment has stuck with me and inspired me to write in adulthood. He sat through more violin performances than it is reasonable to put a person through and I can’t remember a hockey match I played without Dad cheering along on the sidelines, despite the frost. When he knew I was having the worst day at work, Dad showed up just to give me a hug. Dad was always the one to give me a stern but supportive word when I had done the wrong thing as a teen and when I grew up and developed a few extra brain cells, I have always known he is proud of me.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who says we don’t tell each other enough how much we appreciate them, but I like to think Dad will always know how much he means to me, even when times are tough and I can’t afford to buy him a present to prove it to him! The truth is, if he didn’t know this already, I know he does now because he has read every single blog post I have written, so I know he will read this one too.

So Dad, if you’re reading this (and I know you are), happy Father’s Day. You really are the best father anyone could wish for and I love you a thousand times over.


18 thoughts on “Daddy Cool

  1. What a lovely tribute to your dad. And he sounds like he’s very deserving of the praise. You are so right that well too many people grouse about the failings and weaknesses of their fathers, so I’m celebrating with you this Australian Father’s Day…I hope he continues in good health for a long time to come! Debra

  2. Thank you so much for two things; writing such a beautiful post about your own father and also for including a link to my blog post about my own dear Popsicle. It’s great to see someone expressing their love for their parents! My father’s comment on my blog? “Hmmm…I am a demon dancer. She got that right”. Bless his little silk socks…

  3. What a great tribute. I’m borrowing from the Fathers Day card I found this year for my Dad, but it applies to your’s also… “any man can be a father but it takes a great man to be a dad” 🙂

  4. Psychologists tell us that the most important role model in a person’s life is the parent of the same sex. How fortunate for you to have a loving father so close to you. Too many people I know had Dad’s who were too busy career building to have much time with their children.

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