Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day

My father who I call "Paw" is a very patient and kind person. He has probably had to be to have put up with me when I was teenager. Yet he has been supportive and always been there to answer questions. My father is 72 and we live next to my parents so now I see him almost every day and he loves to see his grandchildren. My father quit school when he was 14 to help his father keep up the farm. He didn't get married until he was almost 30. They had a son a year later and me six years after that. I didn't get see my dad as much as I would have liked growing up because he worked second shift at his job. Still he played ball with us, took us fishing and did things with us when he could. Yet I really didn't get to know my dad that well until I graduated from high school. I didn't decide to go to college until I was 22 so for a few years I worked second shift at the same warehouse my father did, but in a different department. So we drove together and talked a lot and I learned more about my father during those few years than I had in the previous 18. I have learned from him to work hard, try to be patient (I'm still trying) and many other lessons. I am grateful to have a father like him, I certainly love and respect him very much.
I always wanted kids, but there was a time when I wondered if we would get to have children. It was a stressful time and it took a while, but eventually I became a father in March of 2004. We both thought it would be a boy for some reason, but I was thrilled when Metalgirl came into the world screaming. Earlier this year Metalboy was born, he came almost four weeks early and he came on my father's birthday. I try to be a good father, but sometimes it's trying and tiring. Being flexible is part of the job as so is learning as you go so that's what I am doing. I am not perfect, but I am trying to do well. I do thank the Lord for blessing us with two great children.

My wife wrote about Father's Day on her blog as well.

Have a great Father's Day!


Blogger Mimi said...

Your father sounds like a man with a good heart.The love you have for your children and just trying to be the best you can be make you a wonderful father.Parenthood is always trying and tiring ;)I am glad you were blessed with your metalkids. They are as blessed to have you as you are them.

Happy Father's Day to you and your dad:)

3:42 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Have a great Fathers Day, Mark.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Bar said...

Very nice tribute to your dad. You seem like a good dad, Mark, and you had a good example to follow. Now I am off to visit your wife.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Your dad is a very sweet and gentle man. I love to see him smile and he makes me laugh. It is a privledge to know him.

Happy Father's Day to you and your Father!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Happy Father's Day, Mark. Hope it's a good one.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Mimi-Thank you. Sometimes it seems odd to be a father and then sometimes it seems hard to remember life without the kids.


Bar-Thank you. I did learn and still learn a lot from my father.

Linda-Thanks. He is one of the most relaxed people I have ever known as well.

Bruce- Thanks and it was a good day.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Walid said...

is your kids names really metalgirl and metalboy?

7:03 AM  

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