Even though father’s day was last Sunday, I felt that it was important to spend some time thinking about the role of fathers in our lives.
Mary Ann, a much valued member of Rice Psychology’s administrative team, wrote a beautiful piece about fathers and I want to share it with you this week.
Although my father is no longer with me, I still remember sitting with him at the piano singing “On Top of the World” and as he would say “shushing” down the slopes on our many skiing weekends. I have great memories of sharing music, Thanksgiving dinners, cozy weekend mornings in front of a fire and lots of time in the car together. I think my love of coffee, and especially Dunkin' Donuts, is directly attributable to my dad, even though I never quite got on the Sweet-n-Low bandwagon.
My guess is that you probably have something in your their life that you can attribute to your dad or to the father figures in your life. Am I right?
As we mature, our perspective on Father’s Day changes. We shift from seeing our dad’s as all knowing and powerful, to human beings with strengths and flaws. We typically develop more empathy and understanding of what it might have been like to be a father.
Mary Ann’s story is so meaningful because just like our appreciation for our parents, it is timeless. It doesn’t really matter what day it is when we consider the impact our parents have on our lives and wish to express gratitude for that.
Have a wonderful rest of your week,