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Happy Father's Day Jay!

Happy Father's Day Jay!

Jay pushing Molly on the swings two days ago.

It's Father's Day! Molly and I woke up early and tried to let daddy sleep in while we made breakfast but the cats were like "Where's Jason?!?!?!" and clawed at the bedroom door until he got up. Sigh. You just can't win in this house. But at least there was cinnamon french toast and his favourite tea. 

Jay is such an amazing dad. He is definitely Molly's favourite person, and I am even kind of okay with it because watching both of their faces light up when they see each other makes my heart all drippy and explody at the same time. He is so hands on and helpful, and patient. He will read her "Hopscotch the Tiny Bunny" 50 times a day without complaint and swing her around in the air and tickle her and give her baths and push her on the swings and hide behind corners to surprise her and make her laugh, and help her look under all the furniture for kitty cats. He is the first person she wants when she hurts herself and the first person she sees every morning -- and often the last person she sees at night. He's diligent about brushing her teeth and cleaning her hands and making the house safe for her. He takes her to the hardware store and shows her how things work. I know when she is older she might not remember these years clearly but I really think she will always be a daddy's girl. When he is reclining on the couch and she climbs up and mimics his exact pose, it makes me grin ear to ear. 

Thanks for being so great, Jay!

My dad and I -- October 1985

My dad and I -- October 1985

Father's Day also celebrates my father and my father-in-law. My dad died when I was 17 and although I know many people struggle with days like this who have experienced loss, I usually find today a nice day to reflect on all my dad memories and smile. My dad was a pretty funny guy and I definitely got a large part of my wacky sense of humour from him. He also spent a lot of time teaching me how to draw when I was young (he was an artist, inventor, illustrator, and cabinet maker) and he actually used to make house illustrations for a living, too! I always wonder what he would think of mine. He definitely opened the way for me to embrace doing what I love for a career, and having many interests and passions, and blazing my own unique trail in life. 

I also like to think that his teasing toughened me up in preparation for my Father-in-Law, hahaha! My dad and now Donald both loved/love to get a rise out of me! My father-in-law is a wonderful man with a hilarious and sharp sense of humour, a weakness for babies and radishes and power tools, and is endlessly generous with his children and grandchildren (unless you try to sit in his chair). 

Jason and his dad on our wedding day - photo by Michelle Yee.

Jason and his dad on our wedding day - photo by Michelle Yee.

I am so thankful for all the father's in my life, I know sometimes it's a thankless job and stressful but I hope it's also fun and rewarding! Happy Father's Day to all you dads! 

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