Remembering Dad

This weekend is Father’s Day weekend, an opportunity to show gratitude and love for our dads. Last year, I shared the greatest lesson my father taught me about parenting. In that Thought for the Weekend, I mentioned that my favorite family moments with Dad included camping, fishing, and watching football. Professionally, my first sales call with Dad (who founded Matchmaker) had a huge impact on me.

When I asked the team members at Matchmaker Logistics to share their favorite memories of their dads, the responses were a perfect mix of all of the things a father can be: a hero, a friend, a mentor, a provider, and just an all-around cool guy:

Pam with her father on her wedding day

Jennifer: My favorite memory of my father was my wedding day. I had just had knee surgery and was using a cane to walk. So I wouldn’t feel self-conscious, Dad also used his cane that day when he walked me down the aisle. I am and will always be Daddy’s Little Girl!

Mary: My favorite memory of my dad was the day I met him. I was ten years old and my life changed the moment I met him. You see, the man I call Daddy is not my biological father, but you would never know! He is the greatest man that I have ever known and I am proud to call him Daddy.

Pam: I have a lot of great memories of my dad, but my favorite one, so far, is of him giving me away on my wedding day.

Shelly with her Dad

Shelly: My greatest memories of my dad center around his cooking! From Sunday morning breakfasts to linguini with clam sauce, to beef Stroganoff to pork tacos, chili, and homemade Chex mix, he is always making something fabulous and showing us love through his delicious creations!

Tony: When I was in preschool, my dad turned nap time into a game that he called “Sleep”. The goal was to sleep the longest- whoever woke up first, lost! I used to love this game and I am sure he did too because it finally gave him a chance to rest after a long day at work!

Enjoy these quotes about fathers:

“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” ~John Sinor

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” ~Charles Wadsworth

“I talk and talk and talk, andI haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taughtby example in one week.” ~Mario Cuomo

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man

Hug a dad this weekend,