As father’s day approaches I thought it would be a good time to tell you all about my dad. I don’t suppose he will ever read this, he’s not the most technological person when it comes to the computer and the internet! I don’t think he’s ever ordered anything online and the last I heard he didn’t have a cashpoint card so had to go into the bank everytime he had to draw out some money.
My dad is one of the most down-to-earth, honest and hard-working men you could wish to meet. He’s from a farming family and is very traditional in his ways. Lunch and tea are always served at the same time, always roast on a Sunday – you know the sort of thing. He’s always instilled in me a sense of family fun and he’s usually the one to initiate a game of cards after tea or a traditional family game. He’s definitely got a competitive streak when it comes to card playing and I know he got this from his parents as it always used to get very excitable when they all played a game together!
My dad is a passionate gardener and he encouraged me to help him grow things from a very young age. I even had my own little vegetable plot when I was 6 or 7 years old. He now has a huge plot and grows all sorts of fruit and vegetables. I love visiting it with the children and watching him push Lily and Thomas around in the wheel barrow. It seems like only yesterday that he was doing this with me.
We don’t have the kind of relationship where we talk about our feelings but I know that I can always go to my dad if I have a problem. He always listens and is always there if I need him. He doesn’t give advice, he’s a firm believer that you have to make your own way in life and to learn from your own mistakes. I remember my childhood being filled with fun, family and adventures. I always remember feeling safe, confident and happy and I hope I can pass this onto my children so that they have the same start in life.
I know many people are not as lucky as me, they no longer have their father’s in their lives and this feels me with a real sadness. I can’t imagine life without my dad, nor do I want to. I’m a lucky girl and I will remember that always.