DADDY’S GIRL

IMG_9089 (2)My Dad means the world to me….

young france family  He’s always taken his responsibility seriously, done his fair share, played his part, pulled his weight and been the sort of dependable Dad that’s been there through thick and thin.  I’m incredibly lucky – this I know.

They say what goes around comes around and I’m hoping all those years of frustration, pocket money handouts, anguish, taxi-ing to and fro and general loveliness that has been my ‘Daddy’s’ forte is starting to pay back, as the responsibility shifts. I hope my Dad realises just how much he’s appreciated and indeed always has been, after all I’m Daddy’s girl, but it’s all the more evident now it’s Dad and me against the world!

They say life comes full circle and after losing my Mum earlier this year, the biggest blow Dad and I could have possibly ever come up against, I feel all the more accountable for my Dad and I think closer to him than ever. I was going to say it’s just Dad and me now, but actually, more recently, I’ve realised that that’s just not so.  Our extended family has drifted over the years, let’s say had its differences, as families often do, but thanks to intervention and selfless acts of some family members and their love and support, not to mention the swallowing of pride and re-evaluating what’s important in life (as indeed life is too short)  … bridges are being built and hurdles being overcome and slowly but surely our family seems to be coming back together, when it’s needed most.  Let’s hope this is the start of a new phase of renewed familial relations!

Dad’s get a bad press … especially on a day like today when, on the back of the more prominent celebration that is Mother’s Day, some people believe that Father’s Day is just another excuse for the business world to reap financial rewards from the commercialisation of it all.  However, I believe, certainly in my case, that Dad’s need to be celebrated too. IMG_4760

With less time now than I think I’ve ever had, I chose some fab cards from http://angiebealdesigns.bigcartel.com/products for the two Daddy’s in my life -(my own Dad and my children’s), although the children made some wonderfully artistic and heart-warming homemade cards too.  I particularly liked my daughter’s ‘Thather’s Day’ card!

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My Dad’s such a massive part of our lives and the children idolise their Grandpa John.  Jem and Papa are like 2 peas in a pod and my Dad’s thrilled with Jem’s increasing sportiness this last couple of years.  I’ve always fallen a bit foul of my footballing skills and cricketing abilities myself (I’m not sure that handstands on the pitch or cricket teas quite cut the mustard, or the fact that I didn’t marry a sportsman), but the fact that Jem’s already starting to make waves in the rugby world pleases him no end.  Their joint love of all things sporting is an endless source of conversation, shared enjoyment and hilarity.

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My Dad is proud of what Jem’s achieving in the media world, not least dancing on the pitch as part of the B-boys for the Rhinestones, but he equally enjoys cheering on the Leeds Rhino’s and discussing tactics from the sidelines.  Dad and Jem at Rhinos match 2252015 (2)

My Dad gave me away almost 16 years ago …

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but I didn’t stray too far, and our bond is stronger than ever!

I know only too well what a challenge our family is; ever unpredictable and generally pretty bonkers (‘normal’ is so overrated), but it’s ours and we stick together through the thick of it!

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Speaking of which, Pete got spoilt rotten today too.  Cards, pressies and after a lovely day with the kids, lunch out with the family, a jaunty little walk around Yeadon Tarn and snuggles and a film this aft … Archie’s just chosen this evening to test Pete’s fatherhood skills to the hilt and covered him in vomit!  Pah!

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Happy Father’s Day Daddies you’ve every reason to feel thoroughly celebrated! xx

 

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