Sunday, 16 June 2013

For My Dad on Father's Day

My dad is one of those men that is impossible to buy presents for. A book used to be the go-to present when nothing else came to mind, but now that he volunteers in a charity bookshop where he has access to more books then even he can manage to read, that's out the window. So, instead of buying him a present, I am writing him one. This is for you dad...

I of course never planned to be a single parent. When I would think of what my adult life would one day be, I did see myself having children, but I also pictured a marriage in the package or a long term partner at least. Life of course doesn't often work out to plan and so I am now a single mum of two. It works though. I manage well and part of the reason I manage so well is down to my dad.

I am grateful to say that I was lucky enough to have a dad who was more than happy to teach me a number of skills that have come in useful in my adult life. I was quite the tomboy as a child and I loved to watch my dad doing his DIY and I enjoyed it even more when he let me join in. I remember the first wooden aeroplane that I made with him in the garage. I remember helping him lay my nan's new kitchen flooring, I remember us painting the side of my nan's house and I learnt so much from those experiences.

Thanks to my dad, I have faith in my ability to give pretty much any new hands-on skills a go and whilst I may not be the best at putting up shelves or a particularly patient woodworker, thanks to him, I know that if I put my mind to it, I can do it. Being a single mum, living away from family, I do almost everything myself and I do it with confidence that I can.

My dad taught me independence. He taught me that I don't need a man to do things for me. He taught me that I can do it all myself. And I do. Because he taught me that vital lesson, I will in turn be teaching my two boys that women are just as capable in those stereotypical 'men's skills'. I am proud of this lesson they will learn and dad, I have you to thank for that.

Happy Father's Day

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