My own Father who shines with eternal optimism and joy for the simple things in life – a good meal, a beautiful spot to sit in the sun, a good book, a cracking bottle of red wine, sitting by the fire watching a good game of football. Time spent with people that you love.
My beautiful Step Father who is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. A quiet, hard working, decent man, who cares for others and loves deeply. A wonderful cook and entertainer who always in genuinely interested in the things that I do in my life.
My wonderful Father in law who is one of the funniest and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. With such charm and wit, a man who takes pleasure and joy from spending time with his family – soaking up time on his beautiful farm, enjoying a bottle of wine and a simple meal nattering and laughing for hours.
I suppose all someone really needs from their Father is love. And support. Genuine interest in all that you do. A willingness to be a part of someone’s life – whatever they have chosen to do, in whatever form that you want them to. For girls I think the relationship is such an important one. You get your first understanding of men from your own Father. Ideas are formed from the way your Father treats you, is interested in spending time with you, about the way he treats your Mother – it gives a young person an idea of how things bigger than you in the world work.
These girls are lucky.
They certainly were blessed with the Father they have been given. He is kind – so patient and kind and caring. He loves. Them and me, deeply, with a strong, quiet passion. He is smart, teaching them more about the world than I ever could. He’s silly, and funny, and lets them be whoever they want to be – that confidence and ability to be comfortable in their own skin – that’s all you want for your children isn’t it? They see a man who treats his wife and partner with love and respect. They see a man in love with a woman, sneaking in cheeky pashes in the kitchen if he is lucky enough, and if they treat me with disrespect he will always stand up for me. I want them to remember and see that married relationships can be really great, and I hope that never stops. I really do.
So to my own Dad’s – Happy Fathers Day – I know you will all be reading this, like you do most days. Thank you for all your love and support that you give to me and my own family now. For being good men, hard working men, men who love me – warts and all. Thank you.
And to Rob, Happy Fathers Day! I am so proud that I get to call you my husband, and that my girl’s have a wonderful male role model in their lives. We all adore you. We hope you have a lovely day x
And to any other Dad’s out there – Happy Fathers Day to you too!