June 15, 2014. Today is Father’s Day. Among my friends and family, there are many fathers. Three (my father-in-law, my dad, and my husband) are particularly central to my life.
In addition to Father’s Day, it is also the 85th birthday of my father-in-law, Wayne W. Kiger. Happy Birthday, Dad!
Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Seabie Rucker:
And last but not least, to my husband, Wayne:
None of these three fathers would be typically described as “overtly demonstrative” or “wordy.” But the older I grow and the more life experience I acquire, I am increasingly growing to believe that unconditional love manifests itself in many ways, some of which are quieter and more subtle. It especially manifests itself by staying around and being, as did the dad in this reading (it’s quick and good – read it!), the kind of dad about whom a child can say “you didn’t go.”
Thank you, each one, for not going.