Still Waters Run Deep
June 12, 2014
Pops, papa, or daddy…doesn’t matter what he’s called there’s no one quite like our dad. Yeah, pops was always there even though at times it felt like he faded into the background. Yet, somehow he always knew what was going on as he quietly glanced over his reading glasses from his easy chair…a barely detectable smile on his lips. That was dad though, content at times to observe rather than participate.
At other times, however, a wrestling match found him knee deep in laughing children trying to tackle ‘Incredible Hulk Dad.’ What dad hasn’t, at least once, tried to subdue a ferocious fire while grilling hamburgers? And wasn’t it dad who always came up with awesome ideas for family fun-day? Like going to a zoo, or a real, live, baseball game when we got to eat hotdogs and popcorn until we thought we’d bust wide open. Oh boy, what fun! Plus, dad was the one who showed us how to hold the sparklers on the 4th of July so we wouldn’t burn our hands, while he set off fireworks as we stood by wide-eyed enjoying the show. Dad could sure create the best ‘special treats’ too. Like root beer floats or triple scoop ice cream cones with sprinkles! He always made being ‘dad’ look easy because he wanted to do his best for his family.
Remember those lazy summer afternoons after dad finished mowing the grass he’d give us a wink and ask if we wanted to go down to the fishing hole and see what’s biting. Those alone times spent with dad are filled with so many memories. Remember? Maybe yours are about helping dad tinker in the garage. Or just hanging out and riding around visiting his friends or running errands for mom. Maybe your dad let you hand him tools as he fixed a leak under the kitchen sink. Then again, if your dad was a huge sports fan you probably have fond memories about rooting for the same team while watching the big game.
And leave it to dads to have a favorite saying we’ll never forget. I just bought my father a card that said…”you taught me the importance of those three little words…pull my finger.” Yep, dad used to get us with that one till we figured out (real quick) what he was doing and stopped pulling his finger, which he thought was hilarious, by the way.
Other dad quotes are “I’m not sleeping, I’m just resting my eyes,” “Don’t tell your mother,” or “Second Tuesday of next week,” (which meant never if you asked for something).
Unceremoniously dubbed the family disciplinarian, bad report cards were always brought to his attention as we stood nervously in front of him…waiting. Of course, there was the time dad was called upon to exact punishment because we got in a fight in school when some kid tried to take our lunch money. Even though mom insisted fighting was not the answer, dad was secretly proud of us for standing up for ourselves.
Usually not remembered for being as nurturing as mom, dad was probably taught at a young age (like his father) to “be tough, be strong and whatever you do, don’t let them see you cry.” But dads do cry. They cried tears of joy when we were born and often during special moments throughout our childhood; then again at our graduation and wedding. They also cried when those they love were sick or hurting. Yes, dads, regardless of being taught to put up a strong front have still waters that run deep.
You might have grown up believing your dad had a tough outer shell. You may also have felt at times dad was too hard on you, or maybe not hard enough. But that’s how he showed you he loved you.
So this Father’s Day honor pops, papa, dad or daddy and let him know how much he’s loved and appreciated even if it’s in a simple prayer.
Love and blessings to all of you and Happy Father’s Day to all dads and dads-to-be!
Make dad smile today!