Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Sean was insistent that we find a Mr. Incredible card for Brian on Father's Day.

Mr Incredible2 web He is an incredible father. I can honestly say I don't know of any boys as lucky as my three when it comes to their dad.

They already worship him, which I knew to expect. Even before we had kids, I knew I'd never be able to compete as the cool parent with a father who fought wildfires for a living.

What I didn't know to expect was how much it would move my heart to see his gentleness with his sons or to witness how he delights in them. He takes the time to teach them things, and to listen to them. I love having a partner to exchange looks with when Sean says a sweet prayer, or when Aidan describes in detail his newest invention. I especially love having a partner when there is a fever that won't go down, or a million other scenarios that are made easier knowing, I'm not in this alone.

It has always been important to me that my kids have a great dad because I have one of the best dads on the planet---witty and warm, smart and hard-working, a great story-teller and a great provider. When I was growing up, he always had more than one job, sometimes more than two, and yet he is still such a strong figure in my memories. His presence and character touched everything in our home, even when he wasn't able to be there. And when he was home, then everyone else had to be too. To this day, nothing makes him happier than having his family around him.

Dad Dee Kevin  I could write about him forever and still not capture it all, but these are my two favorite things about him.

1: He is extremely loyal, committed, and in love with my mom. I've never heard him say a negative thing about her in all their 40+ years of marriage.

2: He has always been proud to be the father of six girls. I'm sure he was delighted when his three sons came along as well (that's the youngest one, Kevin, in the photo with us), but I'm deeply grateful that I grew up in a home where my opinion was valued as much as my brothers, and expectations were set as high for the girls as they were for the boys.

"When my life is over, I know that the most important thing I'll be judged on is what kind of father I was." -Tim Russert in his book, Wisdom of Our Fathers


We were long-time fans. Brian is a news junkie, and while I avoid the news in general, Sunday morning political shows are my favorite. In the past year, it felt like Tim Russert joined our family, as Brian read a chapter from his second book to me and to Nolan growing within me, almost every night.

There are a lot of things being written about his career. I like this essay by David Remnick, could relate to this one by Jon Meacham, and was moved by this rare sincere moment on Conan O'Brien.

Sundays won't be the same without Tim Russert.

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