I won’t lie- this is a tough post to write. Not because I can’t go on and on about how absolutely amazing my husband is as a father, but because I truly feel there aren’t sufficient words to describe the energy and passion he puts into parenting.
It’s been a really weird few weeks that have left us tired and frustrated. As I’ve mentioned now for almost a full year we’re trying to move out west in order to begin a new chapter in our professional and personal lives. Yet, with all the frustration as to why we’re still not there and why it’s been so difficult we’re reminded that we have so much to be thankful for right where we are. That has never been so clear than this week.
With my husband moving between jobs (like he does often- as is the life with a creative professional), we found ourselves with a few unplanned days off. We made the most of it by visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, picnicking in Central Park to celebrate our 4th anniversary, visiting the New York Botanical Gardens, and spending a leisurely afternoon at Playland in Rye, NY. By Sunday evening I was exhausted, but was also reminded, especially in light of the weekend’s tragedies (sadly plural), that we have much to be grateful for and absolutely nothing to complain about. We were making the kind of memories I had of my childhood and that I hope our son will remember, and we were doing that thanks to the parter by my side.
And I’m not just referring to the monetary “freedom” he brings to our home, although that is also a big factor. In a moment of my own frustration last week he said to me: “you’ve been able to be home with our son for 26 months- we are exactly where we need to be.”. In so many ways, the work he does outside the home for our family has allowed us the greatest gift of all which is my being home to raise my son. But the biggest reason we were able to enjoy our days last week is because my husband is a living and breathing ray of light.
With all the frustrations of someone incredibly creative and gifted struggling to make his art come to life, he still moves forward beaming happiness to everyone he meets. He is a constant encouragement to me to keep my chin up and move forward, to focus on the things I love, and pursue passions of my own. He is the best example to my son of the man I hope he becomes: passionate, driven, hard working, strong, sensitive, kind, and empathetic.
Which is why, although we show our love and appreciation for him every day, we always want to go above and beyond on Fathers Day. I’m excited to shower him with all the things he loves: a new kite for these windy late Spring/early Summer days, a new book for he and Julian to read together, something Star Wars related (because hashtag obsessed), and a new tie for the creative who loves to dress like a dapper dude.
Oh, and one more thing that I couldn’t even wait to gift to him: a brand new watch! My husband is so obsessed with watches that one year I got him 2 for Christmas! He loves dressing up for no reason and when I gave him the watch (because I am truly the most impatient gift-giver), he couldn’t hide his giddyness.
He was in love!
My favorite part of the watch is the cause it represents. I ordered the Good Samaritime and chose the red secondhand because I so strongly believe in the cause:
Red- Operation Underground Railroad: The mission for Underground Railroad is to extract children from slavery who are being held captive for trafficking purposes. Donations for these operations via Child Rescue go directly to fund secret missions to save children and give them back a normal life. Learn how you can help more at www.ourrescue.org/
When I shared this with my husband he couldn’t believe that I had gifted him with not just a gorgeous and sleek new time piece, but one that has such a powerful message and purpose.
This Father’s Day I’ll be celebrating the big and small things my guy does for me: the perfect cup of coffee, the endless jokes on difficult days, and the way he works so hard to be the man my son loves, admires, and will someday achieve to be like.
Disclaimer: I received the Good Samaritime watch from Arvo in exchange for writing this blog post but, as always, my opinions are always my own and I would never share something I didn’t truly love.