The Father’s Day Gift

When I was about 8 years old I was hit by a school bus.

It was more of a bump than a full blown knock down but it is a moment I’ll never forget.

I was getting off the bus in front of my house, my father was waiting in the doorway, the bus moved before it should and wham-o.

Heather down.

Dad and Me

A bond that started early

My father was at my side in an instant and the words he said to the bus driver have been the banter of family jokes for years since: “I trusted you with my daughter. She is my jewel. She is precious to me.”

(You better believe that once my brothers got a hold of that line it was thrown at me a lot growing up and for some reason they always saw fit to add a sarcastic tone.;))

And while I outwardly cringed. Inside I was smiling like a Cheshire Cat. My dad thought I was a “jewel!”

Awkward little me!

I’ve never forgotten that.

It’s no surprise then, that when I fell in love with Ish, hard, at age 18 my dad wanted him dead had a little trouble letting go. Ish was put through the ringer. And to his credit handled it with his dignity intact.

he's not heavy

Friends for life

And when Ish and I married almost 10 years later my father was one of the first to concede he was in fact a good man. Years later when Ethan, and then Cameron were born, he added “amazing father” to the kudos.

Big shoulders

Love is having a dad whose shoulders you can always count on

If you’ve met either of these two men, you know two things:

1. My husband is an amazing father

2. My father is an amazing father.

And if you know me, you know that in almost all things that have shaped who I am, what I do and how I do it (including the upcoming Round the World Trip)  those two men have played a role.

To grow up in a home where your father’s love is never questioned, your intelligence is always lauded and your self-worth constantly verified is a gift I wish all kids could know. To then watch your own children grow  in a home where they know they can count on their dad for everything from school trips to soccer practice and never, ever question his love for them is equally rewarding.

Grandpa and E

No Generation Gap here

And to have two men in your life who live their lives on a daily basis with dignity, generosity and selflessness and to have the benefit of a life lived with them in it…well that my friends is a gift.

How have the dads in your life affected you?

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The Misick's June 20, 2011, 12:05 AM

Hey Guys I love what your doing with the family, what more could a child or should we say children ask for, to great parents, traveling the world, learning the culture and most important on this day our fathers, So happy Fathers day to you both, and God Bless.
The Misick Family

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Heather July 1, 2011, 8:49 AM

Appreciate the support! We’ve met a few people who disagree with our decision. We ignore them ;)

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Wag53 June 20, 2011, 1:31 AM

You  made it so natural  for  me to do the right  thing. Thanks for  the recognition ( while  I am alive and able to appreciate your generosity).

I Love It!!!!!

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Cherie-Lynn Buchanan June 20, 2011, 1:14 PM

Heather is is so beautiful- you made me cry. The admiration, love and respect I can hear in your voice is heart warming. I hope Ish and your dad had a fabulous day.
For the record you are a jewel, no sarcastic tone used. :)

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Heather Greenwood Davis June 20, 2011, 6:04 PM

Thanks CL. I think the day went pretty well. :)

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Patricia E. Hazlewood June 20, 2011, 6:29 PM

What a lovely tribute to the men in your life. I fully agree that if all children had the good fortune of growing up with strong, caring men in their lives we would have a much better world.
Have a wonderful year. Looking forward to many interesting stories.

Pat Hazlewood

 

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Heather July 1, 2011, 8:47 AM

Thanks. Looking forward to sharing

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Lula Lola June 21, 2011, 12:40 PM

Sounds like you’ve been thoroughly gifted!  Happy Father’s Day to both of the dads in your life.

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Heather July 1, 2011, 8:50 AM

Very much so :)

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Lula Lola June 21, 2011, 12:40 PM

dads.  Not dad’s. Sorry, I’m glitchy this morning!

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Parmie June 21, 2011, 2:07 PM

What a touching tribute, brough tears to eyes.  You are very lucky to have two wonderful men like that in your life.  Althought I must take some credit for Ish, as he had many years of pratice taking care of me.

Love you bro..

Pam

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Heather June 22, 2011, 6:10 PM

Thanks Pam. Funny I say the same thing about my brother. I salute your job well done. :)

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Anne Green June 23, 2011, 10:02 PM

It’s so important for young girls to feel loved and valued by their fathers.  It helps them pick good husbands! You’ve proved that once again!

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Heather July 1, 2011, 8:46 AM

Agree 100% Anne

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Gaile Walters June 25, 2011, 6:48 PM

Heath I love that Father’s Day article. Wonderful

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Heather July 1, 2011, 8:46 AM

GW! Thanks but having a great father yourself you know exactly how lucky we are.

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