Here it is, my 16th as a father. I try to reflect on this day. Reflect on times past, what has happened since the last one and looking ahead to the upcoming year until the next one is upon us. Father's Day is unique for taking a moment or two throughout the day to let your mind wander in this way. Unique because it is the middle of the year and summer is almost officially here. Hard to believe.
This year I don't have to go back too far in the memory banks. This past week alone has been both rewarding and sad. My daughter recently got her driver's license and as of this week she now has her own vehicle. Weird. Scary. Rewarding. All apply here. Weird in the sense that she is no longer strictly dependent upon me or her Mom for transportation. Also weird is her running to the grocery store for me as we forgot one item for the favorite dinner of hers that I was making. Scary. Anyone who is a parent doesn't need this one explained when it comes to a child of theirs transitioning to this stage in their life. Rewarding. Very much so, as I am witnessing her grow into a beautiful young woman.
As for the sad of the week. Let's just say we are constantly reminded life is not a forever thing. A good friend had to say goodbye to her beloved dog of 15 years. My ex-wife's grandmother is in rapidly failing health. In each case, the inevitable can be summed up in two words. "It sucks." That being said, I try to focus on the fact both lives were filled with love and joy. The love and joy of family and friends. That's what's important.
So, on this Father's Day, take a moment. Take a moment to tell the fathers in your life whatever you feel needs to be said. Take a moment to let the mind wander. I believe you'll realize how rich your life really is.
As for me, I'm looking ahead to this next year. We'll see what comes out of this brain bucket of mine and makes its way into this blog.