My dad worked long and hard hours, sometimes 16 hours a day, as Chief Chemist at Uniroyal Goodrich tire company, just so that he would have full off days to spend with me. Even when I was too small to remember (I've seen the pictures and heard the stories), he would go to yard sales and buy all the hot wheels tracks and cars he could find and then put all the pieces together to make a big track going all through our house. And of course I will never forget playing Centipede and Frogger on the Atari with him.
My dad has always been there for me, no matter what has happened, no matter if he wasn't supposed to be my friend, he always was. He knew who I liked at school and who I didn't and he knew who was dating whom, and who was fighting with who, there wasn't much that I didn't tell my dad. I didn't tell my mom much at all, it wasn't that I didn't trust her, it was just that I looked up to her so much that I didn't ever want her to look down at me, not that she ever would have.
Still to this day my dad hasn't changed. He feels that he has because he's now disabled and sick and can't do those things he did when I was young with Lyssa, but he will be 60 in a couple of weeks. Of course Lyssa always wants to see her Paw Paw and spend the night because Paw Paw lets her have the remote and stay up late and eat Little Smokies and Doritos. It kills her when he's away and she can't stay with him, however I think she and Maw Maw have gotten a lot closer, she has been spending the night with her lately, since Pawpaw's not there. I never want to wake up and my dad not be here, I cannot even imagine what I or my daughter would go through, much less my Mom as they have been married for about 36 years. I am glad I got to spend today with him, even though he's in no shape to really enjoy today. Lyssa did pick him out this Alabama shirt that I'm sure he will wear with pride.
To watch them together just melts my heart and you would think he's the one who gave birth to her instead of me. They are so much alike and in everything she does she tries to please daddy and make sure daddy is watching if she does something good in a game or practice. If we decide to watch a movie in our room instead of the living room, she either jumps between us or on his side and asks, "so, what are we watching?" She has even gotten me to buy her Auburn T-Shirts and pj's, those I refer to as the "she wants something from daddy clothes." All she has to do to me is bat her pretty blue eyes, but with her daddy, she throws on her Auburn clothes, and bats her blue eyes and he melts.
Well, this Father's Day is a little different, normally it's a card and maybe some candy and of course supper, well this year his baby girl decided what she wanted to do and I almost cried when she told me her idea.
|My big stomach at 7 months, along with his Father's Day cake.|
|My Husband and My Daddy's girl|