Dads give so much for their families. This Father’s Day, we’re giving back by sharing our favorite Dad moments and the best Dad advice. What are your favorite fathering moments?
Here are some fond memories from our Mind Key Community via Facebook.
“One of my favorite things – sitting in the backyard on a summer afternoon, listening to the Yankees on the radio with my dad…… Late 50’s, early 60’s,” Betsy Kershaw Arnoldi
“My favorite memory of me and my dad was playing on the swing set he built for me,” Charla Dury
“For me, my favorite father/daughter moments have always taken place on mission trips to Honduras that I’ve gone on with my family. I live for those 10 days every year that I get to spend with my Dad making memories with him and those we hold closest to our hearts,” Erin Ernest.
“My most fond memory of my dad when I was a kid was the Daddy Daughter dates. He’d take each of us out alone to ice cream. In a family of four kids, that one-on-one time was pretty special. But those memories are probably neck and neck with the camping trips. Sometimes he’d just take us kids with sleeping bags and we’d go sleep under the stars.” Lydia Holmes-Corsi.
John David Dupre still fondly remembers spending time at the beach with his father in Newport, RI as a child. He’s since returned to his hometown, and said that it’s always felt like home.
|John Dupre and his dad, Newport RI, 1979|
|Danielle and her grandpa circa 1980|
Although I would never be the woman I am without summers at the beach doing handstands with my grandfather, or sitting on the back porch playing blackjack as a kid, one of my favorite moments with Grandpa happened only a couple short years before his passing, when he walked me down the aisle. The look of love and pride in this photograph is one of my favorite memories.
Dads also have great advice. These fathers from Watermark Retirement Communities across the nation offer their experience and advice to young dads this Father’s Day.
“Be very careful what you do dollar wise. Be very patient and work together with your wife. Enjoy the little moments,” James Chandler, Wilmington, DE.
“A boss of mine once said, ‘Success begins by showing up.’ It’s as true for you as a father as it is for you as an employee or an athletic team member. And it starts early,” said Ed Morrison, father of seven. He added, “Time spent with your child says ‘I love you. You are important to me. I care about who you are becoming,’” Ed Morrison, Frisco, TX.
Chad Johnson of Palm Desert, CA, said his favorite quote is also his best advice to today’s dads: “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” (Source unknown).