There are always two trains of thought on Fathers Day - my experiences as a son, and of a father. My dad has been gone for 5 years, but still lives close within me for the many things he taught me, shared with me and gave to me. When I step out in a few minutes to water my garden, I will be sure to check the tomato he named Big Willy (I assume after himself)....it was in a seed packet my wife found when we prepared their house to sell in 2008. Last I looked, it was just setting fruit. Whenever I work in the garden, my dad is never very far away.
Today's been a splendid day - after sharing a blueberry/blackberry Dutch Baby with Sue, I set out to Kayak on Falls Lake with my daughter Caitlin. It was a perfect kayaking day and there was much to see.
Later on, my other daughter Sara will arrive - we are going to work on the table of contents for my book, then she will cook us dinner. I am not sure what it will be (though will likely involve seafood - and there will be a Blueberry Betty for dessert with homemade vanilla frozen yogurt). And a nice bottle of wine.....
I am very fortunate to have had such a great father, and to have such great girls. Happy Fathers' Day to all dads out there!