Happy Fathers Day to all of you dads out there. To those that are still with as and to those that have left our earthly realm all to soon, I salute each of you!
Today, Gwen and I celebrate Father’s Day missing our daddy’s as they are one o f the ones that have gone to watch us from above! We miss them, we love them and not a day goes by that we are not reminded of them in some way.
Fathers! What a BIG word! I was lucky to have a man in my life that loved me unconditionally! A man that adopted me and called me his own when he had every reason on earth not to do so! He always called me son, I did not always call him daddy. It took me a few years after I started to realize what life was. Before I understood what love and devotion was.
I remember the first time I ever called my father, daddy! I was 6 years old and we were sitting out front of the house that I grew up in, in his old yellow F100 ford pickup. He was fixing to drive me to east Texas for the summer to get me away from the drama that was going on in our lives at the time, to spend time with my grandparents.
We were sitting there and I remember that I looked at him as he reached down to grab my hand as he said that he was sorry for what was going on and that he was doing all he could do to make it right. I stared at his hand on mine and I remember thinking about my birth dad at that moment and the fact he was not ever there. I realized at that moment that no matter what my mom or my birth dad did that my dad, sitting there with tears in his eyes and his hand upon mine, would love me and my mom no matter what!
At that moment I realized what true, unconditional love was! At that moment I realized that this man was indeed my father, my daddy and that HE LOVED ME!
I looked up at him and said, “I need to tell you something. I know I have two fathers but I was wondering if it would be okay if I call you daddy?”
He looked at me, took off his glasses and grabbed me up and held me tight and said, “Donnie, I have been waiting for that since the first moment I saw you! I think of myself as your daddy and this moment is a moment I have waited for for so long! Of course, you can call me daddy!”
I never looked back and my mom never knew of that moment but now each of you do!
Today, this Father’s Day, the ones that you call daddy must be remembered and honored! Love them if they are still here and honor them if they have gone before you.
Each of us are who we are because of our daddy’s. For that I am so very thankful!
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY! I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS BE PAL’S! (JAMES BENJAMIN LANIER) WWII VETERAN