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Father’s Day

June 16, 2007

Last August, my sister joined us for a week to help us with the demanding work of caring for newborn twins with the added adventure of multiple medical appointments and travel and medical testing and all of the other elements of our whirlwind life then.

One night, I was trying to calm Will and get him back to sleep by stroking his head in the only way that made sense: back-to-front, his beautiful eyes becoming gradually glazed and his eyelids responding more slowly with every repetition.

My sister was looking over my shoulder. With a smile and a breathless whisper, she said, “that’s the way Dad used to rub our foreheads…”

Thanks, Dad.

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3 Responses to “Father’s Day”

  1. Since I was the kind of kid who conjured up worries beyond my years, my dad spent many nights sitting on the side of my bed trying to ease my fears. He would stay by my side until I felt calm enough to sleep even though he had to get up at 4 a.m. to get ready for work. Thank you, Dad. Your steadfast ways helped shape me into the adult I am today.

    Happy Father’s Day, Mike! Much like the coffee baristas, I don’t think the importance of fathers gets enough recognition.

    (And thank you for letting me include a little tribute to my father on your blog.)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I miss my dad!

    uncle Chuck

  3. meeshemama says:

    We are away from home right now, and the boys are having a little trouble adjusting to the new hot sleeping area. I’ve had 2 crying bouts already this evening where one wakes the other and I scurry to snuggle them both until that blissful eyelid droop happens. Then of course there’s the stages of placing him back into bed, spanning several slow, long minutes…

    Thanks for being a dad who understands this experience.

    Happy Father’s Day, Mike!

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