Yesterday was Father’s Day … you probably knew that. It’s a bittersweet holiday for me.
I have two children from a previous marriage – a son who is 25 and a daughter who is 21. It was not an amicable divorce, and the kids got hurt in the process. It’s been about a year since I’ve seen my son and about three or four years since I’ve seen or even talked to my daughter. To top it off, I found out last week that I am now a grandfather(!), my daughter having given birth to her own little girl … I learned about this on Facebook.
Just to be clear, I don’t blame my ex or the kids for the lack of contact. I’ve learned to accept that “it is what it is,” that “everything happens for a reason,” and that “time heals all wounds.”
Thankfully and gratefully, Ty and Buster put the father in my Father’s Day. And it’s not a matter of “settling” or taking solace in this circumstance. I don’t wallow in self pity. Ty and Buster are not a second choice.
Ty and Buster are my kids. Along with Amy, I am raising these boys. And they are schooling me – teaching an old dog new tricks, as it were. We love and respect each other for who we are … and who we’re not. For what we are capable of … and what we’re not. We’re blessed to have each other. That is certainly worth celebrating.
Happy Father’s Day to all the guys out there with pets that make them a dad.
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