There are no daddies in this house.
My boys do not know the person who provided the other half of their DNA. Neither do we, except for a number, small description and medical history.
My boys are not without very strong, very positive male role models in their lives.
Eli recently did a project for Father’s day at school. He was so excited to share with his class that his project was for his Papa and his Uncle David. He was far too excited to save the project for today. So, each special male received his gift within days of them arriving home.
We talk about why there isn’t a dad. Never once have they asked for a dad. Probably because we never deny them any interactions with the wonderful men in their lives.
So today, on this day of celebrating fathers and father figures, I honor the men that love my boys. The ones they ask about. The ones they get overjoyed to see. I thank them for the love and kindness and generosity and devotion that they show them. I look forward to all of the continued lessons they have to share and the love they have to give.
To all of you. You make my children amazing boys who will someday become fantastic men.
A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”
Thank you to you all for the love that you give everyday to two little boys who couldn’t love you more!