I have the world’s best Daddy. That’s truly something I’m aware that so many people can’t say. Fatherhood is never given the accolades it’s due as much as motherhood is. It’s almost treated as if it’s a disposable role. Even the Google doodle today, while cute, isn’t as fantastic as the one for Mother’s Day. It seems as if we are afraid to give dad his due because we may offend single mothers. It doesn’t have to be this way. Saying that a good father is an important component in a child’s life is not negating the great contributions of single mothers. Almost on a daily basis I’m reminded that good fatherhood is hard to find.
I’m thankful that you wanted to keep the best of your generation’s traditions and beliefs of child-rearing while incorporating the best of a more modern outlook. While being a disciplinarian and head of household, you also encouraged us to talk to you about anything. I mean anything. You really didn’t know what you were going to get into with that door open, but at least you can look back and say your life was funny, interesting and surprising thanks to us kids. I have lots of fond memories of our Saturday lunches at Reeds Drugstore and the tapes of us acting our plays you made up. Along with this nose, I also got my love of learning from you. I bet you’re surprised you ended up raising a pretty self-reliant daughter who can’t seem to find a fella that meets the standard you set.
It’s ironic that I’m such a loner, when you’re such a family man. You’re the glue in your original family and the extended Sadler clan depends on you. You’re a caring and giving person. Whether it’s helping your students or other family members, they know they can count on you, just like your children do. My life has been privileged because you took being a real dad seriously–a daddy who was there for his family 100% of the time, not just when he felt like it or his ego was intact or he felt he could financially afford to be there. You were committed through good times and bad. I’m thankful to know I was loved and encouraged to believe I could do or be anything I wanted.
Love Mini Me