Tag: father’s day

Being a Dad is … (A Belated Father’s Day Post)

… wearing your daughter’s straw hat (hoping by doing this, it goes back in shape again) while busy with marking, (because it was squashed when one of her friends came over for a play date).

The same hat you bought for her because it reminded you of the one you got her in France when we went on holiday there a couple of years ago, which we probably ended up leaving behind in a cab in Manila last year.

The little things count too …

Here’s wishing a belated happy Father’s Day to all Dads all over including my husband and dad too.

And also to the men who are like dads to others as well, since we all know having the same DNA doesn’t automatically make you a dad, when you already are in their hearts as well as yours.

 Hope you all lovely folks had a good one!

Ours was spent getting drenched in the rain, and getting disappointed because of a cancelled school talent show where T was supposed to play the cello with her music class.

How was yours?

A Not-So-Ordinary-Day for Dads

Just a short post to share this lovely quote on Fatherhood with you guys today:

“To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.”

– Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Now enjoy the day with your fathers, father-figures or husbands and if you’re lucky to have all of them with you on this special day, don’t forget to tell them how much they mean to you – remember life is too short to leave things unsaid!

Quotable Quotes about Fatherhood straight from the mouths of Dads

Since it is Father’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite quotes about fatherhood from all the lovely fathers who have been featured in Chats with Dads.  These words are straight from the mouths of the best of the dad bloggers out there.  If you like reading blogs and haven’t discovered any of them, you better discover all of them now!

These dad bloggers are funny, witty, poignant and touching.  They all write with a heart.  All of them are a definite-read:

I love the moment I walk into the house after a trip away or a day at work.  My daughter will be the first to come running, arms pumping furiously, huge dimpled smile, curly hair bobbing. She will crash into my knees, sticking like a limpet to my legs and screaming with joy.

My little man will come crawling soon after, head down, hands slapping on the floor, little bottom waddling like a duck, big gummy grin, squealing with happiness, arms outstretched imploring for a hug.

I literally get bowled off my feet with a tide of pure, sticky joy.

It is at these moments that I’m reminded that fatherhood is the most important job in the world.

It is these moments that I want to last forever.

– June 2013 Chat with a Dad: The Secret Father.

 What do I wish I knew before becoming a dad? It’s a difficult question. If I knew all the problems I was too face in life, I might have decided, the time was never right to have any children at all. So for me, blind ignorance was best.

I have a great dad, so I tried to teach, nurture and discipline my children the same way he treat me. I didn’t always succeed.

– August 2013 Chat with a Dad: Pecora Nera

I love watching them grow, develop, and discover new things. The precious moments when they laugh uncontrollably at the strangest of things. When we’re playing on the floor and I’m lost in their weird and warped imaginations. And from a selfish point of view when they assume I know everything and then believe whatever gubbins I tell them.

November 2013 Chat with a Dad: Mark of the Adventures of Sonny & Luca

I love the unpredictability of having a child. Jackson makes me laugh all the time. I like watching him grow and seeing how much progress he seems to make so quickly. I like the fact that however hard it gets there is still unconditional love between the two of us. I suppose part of me enjoys the challenge of turning tantrums and bad behaviour into more positive outcomes too. I like to help him learn and I enjoy all of the lessons he teaches me without even knowing it, too.

 February 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ben of Life as a Widower

It’s awesome. You want more? Well I think it can probably be summed up in the feeling you get when you open the door in the evening having been at work all day and 2 crazy toddlers come running into the hall shouting DADDDY! I love being a dad, I love seeing them develop and learn things, I love their laughter and how you forget all your worries and stresses around them.

April 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ben of Mutterings of Fool

Having kids.
Having someone love you unconditionally.
Having someone whom I love unconditionally.
Having someone teach me more about myself every day.
Having someone who makes me want to be a better version of myself.

June 2014 Chat with a Dad: Ah Dad

And here’s one of my favourite photos of little T and her dad walking towards each other in the headland:

And lastly,

Happy Father’s Day to little T’s dad.  

She’s lucky to have the best Dad in the world! – as well as all the dads out there of course (especially to the dads who have been featured above)

 A special mention also goes out  to my own dad, whom I miss so much.

Have a lovely Father’s Day folks!

Memories of my Father

My Dad wasn’t your typical Dad.  Maybe because he had me and my older brother at a really young age.  They both just graduated from University when they had us.  They were like kids playing grown-ups with two young children, which wasn’t really bad at all – I remember loads of fun and laughter.

Holy Week was serious business in my maternal grandmother’s house.  Us kids weren’t allowed to be boisterous during the Holy Days, even though we weren’t really expected to take part in the fasting and praying, playing noisily was a big no-no.  My Dad knew how miserable we were, so he used to take us to the beach with our other cousins and there we were made to run around and scream like loonies as loud as we can.

He took us camping and also built us a tree-house and his version of a Wendy house for me.  During the week though, we hardly saw him because he was busy playing grown-up and was working like any regular Dad with a 9-5 job, which always extended till late at night.  But during the weekends, he always took us to parks and played football with us.  Once in a while, he would even take us to listen to his friends sing at a Folk House near our home.

He was (is) a very intelligent man who was a scholar all through-out his schooling and graduated of course, with honours.  I inherited my love of books from him – he was (is) never without a book.  He was the only Dad I knew who answered all your questions without even thinking much.  We used to call him a walking dictionary/encyclopaedia.  We were taught English at a very young age and would mix it with Tagalog or our local dialect which used to exasperate him.  He would tell us to use one language at a time and speak it properly.  He said it was important not to ruin the language by speaking Taglish (a combination of English and Tagalog).  If we were to speak English, to speak English only.  If we were to speak Tagalog, speak Tagalog only – never to mix.

He was a hippy, who cut his hair and traded in his sandals for leather-shoes, as expected of a “responsible” Dad.  But now that he is retired, I’m happy to say that he has traded back in his sandals and has grown his hair long again, even though it is now more white than grey – much to the embarrassment of my mother.

The last time my daughter saw my Dad, she was only about five months old.  Yes, she does see him and speak to him whenever we Skype.  I wonder what she thinks sometimes Who is this man with long-white hair and whom my mother insists I call Lolo?  He is rather funny.  Yes, my Dad also has a weird sense of humour.

Happy Father’s Day Dad – I really miss you!

and

Happy Father’s Day too to my daughter’s Dad!

She is one lucky little girl to have him as a Dad.

I’m a lucky woman too

to have my Dad as my Father =)