Father’s Day

I don’t know what compelled me to get up before the sun today… maybe it was the inability to breathe…..  or the fading dreams??  I can’t believe it has been exactly 2 years since I got up to write this post….


I probably read that post once a month.  Yes.  Still.  And it still makes me cry.  Every single time.

It’s Father’s Day again….  it sort of creeps up on me.

I want to wish a very special Father’s Day to one of my very favorite men- my grandpa-  President of the BRAT club and cornerstone of the Defranco clan.

I hope he is surrounded by our family for spaghetti Sunday.  I hope he knows how loved and treasured he is to us all.  <3  <3

This year, let’s smile at the dads holding the hands of little ones.  At the dads who spend another day at the baseball field.  The dads who roll their eyes as they pass over more money for the latest MUST have for their kids.  At the dads who play catch in the yard and tell bedtime stories at night.  Dad’s who carry you to bed when you fall asleep in the car.  Dad’s who spend hours awake at night making banners for your cheerleading competitions…  The ones who run behind you when the training wheels come off… and take the seat off your bike so you learn to stand and petal.  Dad’s who work their fingers to the bone to make sure you get the prom dress you dreamed of…  dad’s who fight off dragons and wear the Cinderella hat at the tea party.  It is for the dads who stop at the store to pick up ginger ale for their sick ones and for the dads who forgot- again- to return the movies to Redbox. It’s for dads waiting in anticipation of meeting their new babies.  It’s for dads that can’t be with their children because they are protecting our country.

Father’s Day is the day to celebrate ALL the men who step up and take on the role of daddy…..

And sometimes it’s the day we get lost in our memories.

I miss my dad all the time.  In big ways and in small ways.  In every way. Every day.

But I look toward Heaven a lot and think of this quote….

Father’s day may have a different meaning to you. To me, father’s day is a reminder of my superhero….

I pray every single day that I can carry on his spirit and do my very best to teach my kids the lessons he taught me.

Happy Father’s Day Dad.

Dad’s are special.  They are grandfathers, and brothers, and uncles, and friends…  DADS!   Go find yours.

Hug him hard.  Say Thank YOU and I Love YOU.

Happy Father’s Day to ALL the Superheroes out there.

Shannon PassineauJune 14, 2013 - 4:44 am

Love everything about this post….I’m sure your Dad & Grandpa are very proud of you!

Andrea BrandtJune 14, 2013 - 5:30 am

Dads are very special, indeed! 😉

Aunt LorraineJune 14, 2013 - 6:47 am

Beautiful… you have a remarkable way with words. Brought tears to my eyes again. Love you always.
PS Maybe you should publish one of those little books that we used to buy all the time 😉

Rena ChristineJune 14, 2013 - 7:22 am

So touching! I read your Hero post too – love the photo of your dad looking out towards the water. Lovely work… such a gift to your children that you were able to capture these moments 🙂

cherre defranoJune 14, 2013 - 7:41 am

Gina this is beautiful…You have such a beautiful way to express your thoughts…I am sitting here crying and missing DAD and remembering what a great man he truly was…He was a happy man because he was so loved by many…I hope everyone who reads this remembers to make the men in their lives happy by simply letting them know they are loved no matter what…
He is still happy he is with his father in heaven I am sure of that…

EllenJune 14, 2013 - 9:32 am

You are a wonderful writer- both of these posts are so moving. Thank you for sharing your Dad with us- such an inspiring man. I’m glad you have these pictures of him with your family to cherish.

KerriJune 14, 2013 - 9:43 am

These are beautiful. I love them!

tanjaJune 14, 2013 - 12:03 pm

what a beautiful post!

amyJune 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm

just beautiful. really.

TracyJune 14, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Gina – this is amazing – I think I read it ten times today and cried every time… We are lucky to have these two amazing men in our lives. Love you!!! xoxo

robinJune 16, 2013 - 11:46 am

Well written post, looks like you have had a special father and grandfather in your life!

LanaJune 18, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Beautiful post

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