Posted by Molly Rottschafer on June 14, 2014
I have so much to be thankful for. So. Much.
Have you ever stopped to think about the small special things your Dad (father seems much to formal) has done for you, the things that stick in your mind like a song stuck in your head you can't seem to forget only you never want to?
The song playing in my mind is of the countless saturday mornings we used to go out to Jacobson's for a lemon poppyseed muffin. It was our special thing. Together. I even remember rather growing out of love for the muffins but never wanting to mention it for fear that these dates would end. It wasn't about the muffins anyway. Have you ever done that?
We never really talked about it but after entering college our saturday morning muffin dates ceased. I think he was giving me space to be, space to grow or maybe just space to sleep in. Not a week into my college career, I awoke one saturday morning to find a Jacobson's bag hanging on the knob of my dorm room. It made me smile because that was just the kind of person he was. That morning I remember a sense of sadness, maybe part wondering if we would ever have a routine like that together again. Could I be entering a phase of life that was new and things were changing?
Things did change. I found in my Dad a friend, a business partner, a mentor, a prayer warrior. He was always a prayer warrior. I remember as a little one so often coming down in the morning and seeing him silently pleading with the Lord for things, completely believing I was one of those things.
We continue to have our special things, per say. We still love to go to movies together, still have coffee together because he loves "coupons" for a coffee or movie date for birthdays rather than the latest electronic, those get tricky anyways, he says.
Often, though our things are with a much larger group as we have a huge family like the "trifecta" of 1.)a day at the lake (pulling the grands on the sea-doo ALL day) then 2.)dinner at Fricanos and lastly 3.)toping off the night at the Cap'n (the Captain, for those not in the know) which is a local ice cream shop we love.
This father's day I will hug him and remember our thing and I will be thankful that he lavishly loves us, that he has sown seeds of grace in our lives, thankful for his prayer warriorness, for his love of life, for his generosity with people, for his passion to challenge and instill the gospel in others especially the younger generations, for how he (my mother is beautiful at this also) invests in our family's togetherness.
Today I will tell him, allow ourselves to reminisce a bit, sharing the song in my head, knowing that he will say "it doesn't get any better than this." Because it doesn't.
Do you have any sweet songs of your dad to share?
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