So, I was thinking about Father’s day, which I really loathe for me. I wondered if I would discuss all the men my mother had married. I wondered if I would discuss all sorts of things that would really not build anyone up. I came up with another plan. A better plan, at that.
There are three men in my life who have shown me what a real daddy is supposed to be like. I love each of these men, and if I could have ever picked how I wanted a dad, I would have chosen something about each of these men to make a “whole dad.”
The first man I ever met who, literally, was the perfect father was Dan Harley. I had never known a man in my life who was such a good dad. He loved his children regardless of what kind of messes they had gotten into. I never heard him raise his voice. I never knew him to treat anyone in his family poorly. I will always have great respect and love for the man who actually gave me the nickname “Twiggy.” Yes, I do remember that, and it makes me smile to this day. I love you Dan Harley.
The second man I met was John Pringle. I fell in love with him the minute I saw how he treated children. We have had our own children, and this man has loved them with his whole heart. He has never mistreated them. He has always had loving words for them. He jokes with them and holds them tight. He picks on them, but they kind of just come back for more. He loves his children more than anyone else in this world, and I love him for that. I love you, John Pringle.
The third man that I have met that has proven to me that there really are good dads out there is Gary McMichael. What to say about this man? He has raised his sons to respect women and has raised his daughter to be respected. He hugs his sons with no shame. He cries at their achievements and loves them through the most difficult times. He has raised his children to live by God’s Word, and they so very much do. Again, this is a man who I have never seen treat his children poorly. He guides and assists when needed. Gary McMichael, I love you!
These three men are the safest, most loving men I have ever had the honor of knowing.
Dear God, thank you for sending these men into my life, so that I would not be so broken that I couldn’t see the good in these fathers. Thank you for being the ultimate Father. Amen.