Saturday, January 24, 2009

Papa's Day

My dad's birthday is tomorrow. Since his is not one for the limelight, I figured this was enough of an excuse to introduce you all properly.
Bloggy friends, my dad. Dad, bloggy friends.

Here's my dad with a brand new Itty Bit:

So many other visitors and even family were nervous about handling a newborn. It ranks as one of the most heartwarming moments of my life to have seen him eager to meet the newest family member. Ready for a turn to hold the tiny guy and softly say his name to him. The two of them just fit together.

And in return, Itty Bit quickly repaid him by deeming him "favorite person". Mom and Grandmas were fine and dandy for feeding and snuggling. Daddy, aunts, and cousins were good for entertainment.

But Papa was different. My father's voice sparked instant recognition for this kiddo from early on and it was a shared delight for Itty Bit to realize his Papa was nearby.

As cute and innately loveable as this mom thought her infant son was, it also brought a new perspective.

This man won't advertise or pat himself on the back. Instead, he waded into parenting a kid who was past the cute and loveable baby stage. The bratty 2-year old that he chose to love, was me.

I am the first to admit I was not easy on him. He was competition for my favoritest person on the planet and had to contend with my stubborn streak and mouthiness. "You're not my mom, you're not the boss of me". Oh yeah, I was utterly charming.

His patience and his genuine love for us girls won me over. It is all the more meaningful to me that he didn't have to. He chose to.

So Dad, as much as I know you hate attention; I just wanted to say Thank You.

Thank you again. For all you've done to make our family what it is. For years of working to provide for us. For loving Mom and giving us a safe and happy home. For choosing to be the best dad you could be. And you are.

I love you and Happy Birthday Papa.

4 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

Rachel,

That was such a great post. How sweet. Papas are the best. So cool that him & Itty Bitty have a great bond.
He sounds wonderful. Is his Birthday today? My mother's is today...I thought about doing a post about her, but after I already did my Your Gonna Miss this post. I am sad that I didn't post it.
Hope your Dad had a great Birthday!
(hugs)
Mimi

Brooke said...

What a beautiful post! (I admit, I don't easily get misty-eyed reading other people's posts, but I did with this one).

Happy Birthday to your Dad, and Itty's Papa!

Stacy said...

Oh, that is beyond sweet, Rachel. What a lovely note to him and I hope he reads it here. Happy belated birthday to him!

Killlashandra said...

What a wonderful birthday post for you Dad. I hope he had a good one and got to spend it with Itty Bitty. :)