Today is a day of mixed emotions. It is a day to honor my dad, whom I love dearly and worry about incessantly. It is also a day to ignore my husband just like he ignored me on Mother's Day. But what makes today sad, it is our first Father's Day without Keith's dad.
Times with my dad were not always peaches and cream. See, he was an alcoholic. He was never physically abusive, but had rages and said many hurtful things. We were terrified of him. I was so young and thought that was the way it was supposed to be. My mom packed all five of us girls up and moved to Alabama. Why am I rehashing all of the bad memories on a day to honor my father? Well, to tell you why I am so proud of him. My dad had to make a choice: his family or the alcohol. He made the decision that he couldn't live without his family. He moved to Alabama to join us. He has now been alcohol-free for 22 years. I love my dad so much. He is such a nut.
Dad, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching us to be strong, independent women. We love you beyond belief.
Keith, you are such an amazing husband and father. Happy Father's Day, my love. Thanks for keeping me sane. I love you, Mr. Wonderful.
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