First let me begin by giving the dad’s out there and the mom’s who have had to be the dad’s while raising kids a big shout out for Father’s Day! What I’ve learned is being a parent is one of most challenge jobs out there, but also the most awarding, so Happy Father’s Day!
Today I’m posting about being a son and about being a dad. This will be my first Father’s Day without my dad who lost his battle to cancer just last month. Heading into today has given me a chance to reflect on my past and a better understanding of how I turned out to be the man I am.
I remember the day my son was born and I looked over to my dad and he was just beaming. I knew he was happy to see his new grandson, but my dad was really beaming because he was ecstatic too know that I was taking my first step into this next level of life. That I was finally going to experience the joys and pains of fatherhood. I realized all those long conversations (or at the time lectures) had all lead me too that day.
The amazing thing about me becoming a dad was that it brought me back to needing my dad. Let me clarify, he and I always had a great relationship. We spoke often on the phone or I would see him regularly for lunch. He really had always been my sage, but being a dad for the first time gave me more chances to call him and ask questions.
Last Father’s Day I took my dad golfing. At that time there was no signs of him being sick. He had cancer a couple of years before but with surgery they were able to remove it. So this was just a day of us celebrating each other. I was celebrating him being my dad. Thank him for being who he was and for giving me the tools to become the man I am. We spent the day (it was a hot one) golfing, laughing, sweating, talking and sharing. After a long day of teach golf balls how to swim are families met us for dinner at the Clubhouse.
It was a good day! The picture I used in our new Pack Your Bags layout I think captures the happiness in of three generations of Petrouski men. This is how I want to remember the last time I was able to golf with my dad. This is how I want to remember him!!! Happy Father’s Day dad!!!
Now that I am a dad, there are ways that I want Jax to remember me. I want him to remember me laughing with him. I want him to remember me for the things I’ve taught him. I want him to remember the moments where he comes to me for guidance. But I also want Jax to know me in ways that most fathers never express to their sons.
Right before Jax was born, I opened a hotmail email account for him. I started using that account to journal little moments too him. I send pictures, videos and voice memo’s of day to day accomplishments to him. Most importantly I express my life too him. I think it’s important for him to know that I’m not just his dad, but I’m also a man that has too deal with day to day life. When he becomes an adult I will share this account with him, for now it’s one of my little treasures. So Jax, I love you and thank you for allowing me to celebrate this father’s day!
Here's a typical Saturday for Jax and I(mom usually works Saturdays). It usually starts with a trip to Barnes and Noble to read a book, eat a cookie and I have a coffee. Then we are off on our grocery shopping excursion, which can take up to 4 hours if we spend a lot of time sampling :).
Jax taking a break at the store eating a Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato
Jax and I playing dead from eating too much...
Jax enjoying all the challenges of shopping...
Jax a bit worn out....
Finally... a new mode of transportation for Jax...
Finally how about a give away... Tell me some of your best Dad moments.... I'm going to be giving away the biggest prize pack yet. I think it will have a retail value of $200.00.... So tell us your best dad moments and by next Friday I will announce the winner.
Thanks again and Happy Father's Day!