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An Ode to Fathers

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday served as a special reminder of how wonderful dads can be. You see, my son came down with a fever on Sunday and I felt really bad since I had to attend a bridal shower. My daughter also had a birthday party just down the street that conflicted with the shower. Fortunately, my husband was wonderful enough to take her to the party and tend to our little fella while I mingled with friends old and new. My husband was also kind enough to take a day off work to stay home with our son on Monday. He even managed to get a doctor's appointment later that afternoon. I was so thankful to be able to count on him.

When it comes to Father's Day, I often hesitate about incorporating some sort of activity into my French classes relating to the holiday. You see, a number of my students do not have a father figure in their lives. And it makes me so sad. In some cases, it is due to some terrible tragedy. In other cases, the child has never even known the father. At home, we keep it fairly low key, especially since my father-in-law lost his battle against cancer in 2009. This Father's Day, my husband decided to play a round of early morning golf with a friend. I took the kids to see my mom and dad the day before and enjoyed a laid back afternoon in their backyard watching planes fly by during the annual Hamilton Air Show. I love their backyard. It is very nicely landscaped and they maintain it well. My dad has always been hardworking that way. And I admire him for that and for all the sacrifices he has made for our family.

In honour of all those hardworking, selfless dads across Canada, I salute you and all that you do. Here are some quotes I found on the net that I thought might put a smile on your face:

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown

How did you celebrate Father's Day this year? Did you have a chance to sit down with your little ones to watch Disney Junior episodes featuring fathers and other male role models? We missed them but I love that we can watch Rogers On Demand online. I can take my iPad wherever I go, use my personal hotspot via my iPhone and put on Disney Junior shows such as Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and Stella and Sam. It's always nice to cuddle up with the kids and watch their favourite shows.

Disclosure:  I’m part of the Disney Junior Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

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