Memories in a Watermelon

This morning I was cutting a watermelon and the image of my father cutting one up for my son as a toddler came flooding across my mind.  He was making sure all seeds were removed from every piece and they were not to big and not too small. This made me smile.  He wanted him to enjoy and savor the taste without choking, perhaps this little advice is great for our lives daily.

Fathers Day is this coming Sunday, June 21st, the last time I celebrated Fathers Day with my Dad was June 16 1991.  I miss him everyday.  He was a strong presence in my life, you felt his energy when he entered any room.  Yesterday I was thinking we should celebrate Daddy’s Day.  It sounds silly but many men can be Father’s not all become Dad’s or Daddy as I prefer.

Dads are the super heroes dreams are made up of.  They can be strong and silent, or loud and silly, but somehow Dad’s just know stuff.  They provide for their family (even in homes with two incomes), they feel pride in knowing they put clothing on their children’s back, help them ride a bike, do homework with them, whatever the task.  Before the age of Google, when I would ask my dad for help, he always had an answer, even if it was as simple as I am not sure but I will find out.

Dad’s have the ability to stop whatever they are doing and give their children their full attention in a different manner then a mom.  Most of my fondest memories are when I was just doing stuff with my Dad, the simple tasks in life, him telling me he loved me and was proud of me.  If you have been blessed to have a Daddy in your life you know what I mean.  I’m thankful my husband is a Daddy to our children and not just a father.

*Another Watermelon memory is that of our middle child as a toddler having eat so much of it at a buffet in Florida, (seeds included) and jumping in to the pool and proceeding to throw up watermelon everywhere!  hmmmm maybe it was the seeds 😉


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