while my mom gets plenty of shout outs on ByBun- I wanted to take a moment to send one out to my Dad for Father’s Day. while I could go on and on how about how amazing he is, my millions of memories, all of my favorite qualities in him that I find (and am thankful for) in myself, and how he (and my Mom of course) were the reason why we had such an amazing childhood- I want to share one little story of something I will always remember.
in first grade we always had a poem we focused on each week. from what I remember, we would bring them home on Thursday nights as homework, read them, and bring them back into class on Friday (I’m sure there was something else involved in these that I’m missing, but anyways…). it must have coincided with my Dad’s work schedule perfectly (he’s a firefighter- 24 hour shifts folks…so I saw Dad every other day unless he had a ’4 day’)- because every Thursday night (or at least for a large number of them)- I remember reading those poems with my Dad.
I wouldn’t be able to read my Thursday poem till all of my other schoolwork was done and we had eaten dinner. I would climb into Dad’s recliner right onto his lap and we would read them together. it was a good thing it was only one poem a week, because I remember quite well how hot we would get by the end of the reading session sitting together in that damn leather chair. one poem I remember quite well (probably because it involved skeletons and Halloween, seems that nothing has changed) went something like this:
Bony Bony Bony Bones,
with nothing in between.
Up and down and all around,
they march on Halloween.
my favorite part of our Thursday poem sessions however, was my little ‘treat’ so to speak, after reading through them together. once read, my Dad and I would fill in every lowercase ‘e’ and ‘o’ within the poem with a pencil. sometimes he would take on the e’s to fill and I the o’s and so on. I never knew why my he threw in the letter ‘e’ to fill too, maybe it was so that both of us had a letter to seek for and color in. I hope to one day have a little weekly moment like that with my future kiddos…
happy father’s day Daddy-O…love you.