Dear Dads

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This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. Of course, the dads get the better weather. It seems dads always get the better day. My friends are often running around on Mother’s Day and say, “There will probably be no sports scheduled for Father’s Day.” However, with all of the sports these kids are playing today, I am sure both parents will be running around this weekend, trekking these kids to lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball or whatever sport kids are now playing.

I want to give a shout out to the dads in my life. Most of you know my father and how he is my weatherman. He studies all of the weather programs and gives me his analysis. The week before Hurricane Sandy, his exact words were, “It is going to be bad and you will have off at least Monday and Tuesday from school.” Well, I hate to say he was correct, but he was. My dad is such a legend in the weather business that once my principal called my classroom the day before a storm and asked, “What does your dad think?” My dad is not only a weatherman but a great sounding board and rational thinker. He will tell me when I am wrong and offer great advice. My dad also offers excellent humor within the family with his technical skills or lack thereof. He has a nicer phone than me and still asks me to Google certain things for him.

Shout out to my husband, John. My late father-in-law was so proud of the dads he raised and he had a right to be proud. My students often ask about my husband and I always have to explain that we are exact opposites. I would go crazy about a situation regarding the girls and he would be the rational one balancing me out. It is not an easy job raising daughters and he did a great job.

All of my friends who are dads. This is not an easy time period to be raising children and all of my friends are killing the dad job. They are coaching their children, doing homework and carpooling. I love sitting on the beach and the dads are playing, running bases or throwing a football around. We do not realize what a precious commodity that is and that many children around the United States do not have that luxury.

To all the people out there who are not technically a dad but serve as a dad, kudos to you for stepping up and helping out.

To all the moms out there who serve as both mom and dad, keep up the good work.

A fond remembrance to the fathers who have left us with great memories. I cannot believe how fast the time goes by, but the memories of my father-in-law and some of my friends’ dads is so strong. It feels like yesterday we were working at Rockaway Video and Pete McManus was biking to bring me and Marybeth dinner.

I hope all of the dads out there have a great day.

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