Fathers: Thank you for everything

June 15, 2013

I’m sure it’s not much of a surprise that I’m writing a Father’s Day column since Father’s Day is tomorrow.

Let me start off by saying that I have a wonderful father. I also have a wonderful husband, who is an amazing father to my children. But this column is to honor another outstanding father that I know. My brother.

My brother and I have always been close, from the time he was 3 years old and I was a newborn. He’s not an overprotective big brother, but he is protective when he needs to be. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s had me laughing on a daily basis since I was old enough to laugh.

I was lucky that he fell in love with a girl just as she and I were becoming the best of friends. And after they got married, they welcomed their first child. I had no clue that my brother would be such a great dad. It really shouldn’t have been much as a shock to me since he was/is such a great big brother, but actually seeing him as a father with his firstborn was a lovely thing to witness.

A year and a half later they welcomed their second. And two and a half years later, they welcomed their third.

Right now he has a 6-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. All girls.

He is a manly man – very much a sportsman and what not. So for him to have three girls is comical to a lot of people that know him. But he’s very good with the girls. He keeps them laughing, just as he does me. And he goes out of his way just to make them smile.

In fact, just today he sent me a photo of him driving the girls home with a gigantic teddy bear buckled in the front passenger seat of his car. He sends me videos of them dancing in the living room, singing songs and doing little girl things all the time. I’m pretty sure he’s the dad that has tea parties and would be willing to let them put makeup on him, just to make them happy. (Don’t tell him I said that!)

It’s extremely evident that the girls love him so much, and there’s no doubt in my mind why. He’s a great brother, but an even greater father. Everyone should be so lucky to have a daddy like him.

Happy Father’s Day, Eddie. And Happy Father’s Day to all of you other amazing daddies out there. Thank you for all that you do for your children.

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