A message to my husband for Father’s Day

Dads mean the world to their kids. Picture: Getty
Dads mean the world to their kids. Picture: Getty

ON this particular day of the week I am not fighting with my husband. In fact, I’m feeling grateful, writes Sara Fitzpatrick.

We go through rough patches, sure, but I have to give him credit: he is a good dad.

So it’s only fitting – on the brink of Father’s Day and while things are happy in our household – to acknowledge my husband and daddies across the country.

Thank you for giving me a joyful home with two girls who bare your wide eyes and kind soul.

For filling their bedrooms with dolls, dresses and books galore and ensuring they feel significant.

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Thanks to all the dads out there on Father’s Day. Picture: Getty

Cheers for the ongoing dash to Coles for marshmallows and copping your share of kicks to the groin (figurative and literal).

On ‘ya’ for knowing that Twilight Sparkle is the purple My Little Pony and that ‘ye-yo’ is like, the best colour, ever.

I know building a LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser isn’t the same as crafting a City Mars Research Shuttle but you take it in your stride.

And I want you to know that the ease and speed in which you pieced that boat together, between bathing the girls and cooking them hotdogs, was duly noted.

You don’t ask for much: a 20-minute episode of The Bill with a slice of banana bread and a lukewarm cup of coffee will do it most days.

Time with family is the best gift. Picture: Getty

You’re not perfect – and I won’t elaborate on all the reasons why (you know they mostly involve sneakers, sand and calling me ‘Mum’ even when the girls aren’t home).

But the fact you continually wash bed sheets, dishes and grubby little bums means the world.

Above all, I thank you husband for just being around. Our girls really know you, which is a luxury. It’s the greatest gift you can give them.

So Happy Father’s Day. OK, I’ll stop embarrassing you now and we can go back to fighting tomorrow.

sara.fitzpatrick@communitynews.com.au

 

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