In Honor

June 17, 2011

Thank you, Dad. I know raising girls wasn’t easy.

Sometimes, I know you felt outnumbered.

Sometimes you had to get your hands (and knees) dirty.

Girls grow so fast that they sometimes make you dizzy.

They also are sometimes mouthy, insolent creatures. Ungrateful little pills who want to make you tear your hair out. Or open a can of Whoop Ass. Thanks for not doing that. Even when I deserved it mightily. I know I don’t say it often enough, but thank you for all you’ve done, and all you continue to do. You rock, Wallet Man.

Thank you, my husband, for your stillness, for your calm in the midst of all of the storming.

Thank you for reminding me that this job doesn’t have to be all business. There’s time to wrestle and have a water fight on a 100-degree day and cheer like a loon at a baseball game. There is time.

Thank you for letting your girls–all of us–know that you aren’t going anywhere. You have our backs, and our hearts, and our little hands in yours.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

elizabeth June 17, 2011 at 8:45 am

Awwwwww. :) That’s all I can say.


Ink June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am


Happy father’s day to everyone in your life, sweets!


Naptimewriting June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

Blessings on all y’all.
(and tell The Kitch Daddy to *stop* it with the ripped beach bod already. That’s his Father’s Day gift from me: Awe.)


CK June 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Yeah, seriously.

Well done, TKW. :)


Bryan June 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

Awww Sweet!


Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

This is a very sweet post. Love that black and white photo of you and your dad.


Lindsey June 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

So lovely!!! Great photos – my favorite is of your dad asleep with the stuffed animals right by his head. Happy father’s day to all the fathers in our lives … xoxo


Winn June 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I was going to say “Awwwww!” but that would be redundant as someone else already got to it.



Maria June 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Beautifully written, and a well deserved tribute to the men in your life. The pictures are priceless…We are blessed women to have married well, no?


TKW June 18, 2011 at 6:17 am


Indeed. We are lucky little devils.


Barbara June 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Loved this! A tribute to the two men in your life. Lovely and endearing!


TKW's Dad June 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Treasure’s that will last forever! I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Thanks for helping to make my Dad’s day very special.


Sherri June 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hope you and the family have a nice Father’s Day!


Dawn June 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Lovely! Happy Father’s Day to your Dad and your Husband! Great shots!! Admit it. You are a very lucky woman!


Privilege of Parenting June 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Seconding your good wishes (and thanking you and all the moms as well, for they do their share of “fathering”)


Heather June 18, 2011 at 6:07 am

Sweet… incredibly sweet :)


SuziCate June 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

Beautiful. Happy Fathers Day to “your Men”!


Meister @ The Nervous Cook June 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Amazing fathers FTW!


Taylor June 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Beautiful post! Loved all the pictures!


BigLittleWolf June 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Oh, what a lovely tribute. Wishing you and your family a glorious Father’s Day.


Nancy C June 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Truly, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing your man being tender and sweet and real with his child.

And fathers of daughters win bonus points for putting up with all that…girl…stuff.


Jane June 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

What a beautiful tribute to the “dads” in your life. Simply lovely. xoxoxo


camilla June 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Just beautiful, I bet they feel just as lucky.


Linda at Bar Mitzvahzilla June 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

You are killing me, girl! Love the old photos, and the ones of your handsome husband! When I look at your sweet face in those pictures and your dad, just sitting there so tolerantly – that’s love! (I just want to say, my dad never did that stuff…)
Happy Father’s Day to the men in your life!


Velva June 19, 2011 at 4:54 am

Cheers to all the wonderful men in our lives that are fathers too.



Mary Lee June 19, 2011 at 5:47 am

Oh gosh, I love the photos! Your mother was the camera person…? Tell your dad that my husband has asked for Chicago hot dogs today. :)

Happy Father’s Day to your dad and your hunky husband.


TKW June 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Mary Lee,
Guess what Daddy-O and I ate at the baseball game today! Chi-Dogs rule!!


Belinda June 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

Love this post. I lost my good father much too soon in life but am lucky to have a wonderful husband who is a terrific father to our son.

Happy father’s day to your dad and that hubba hubba hubby of yours.


Katybeth June 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

What a wonderful post loved the pictures or both dads.
I ran across this quote today and loved it.
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it”. ~Clarence Budington Kelland.


Tiffany June 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Beautiful post for 2 beautiful souls!


Christine @ Coffees & Commutes June 20, 2011 at 4:38 am

Perfect. Just perfect my friend.


Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon June 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

Hope your fellas had a very happy Father’s Day Kitch.


Gale @ Ten Dollar Thoughts June 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

What a perfect Father’s Day post. Three cheers for the wonderful men in your life. Hope you had a great day yesterday!


Jenna June 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

Love it . . . especially the old pix. =)


Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri June 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Lovely tribute to both the men in your life. Just perfect.


subwow June 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

This is something my husband will never know: the heartache when your little girl looks up at you and your love is so overwhelming that it hurts. Hope you had a wonderful father’s day X 2


The Curious Cat June 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

awww lovely post! xxx


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