Although Father’s Day has not been an official holiday as long as Mother’s Day has, (according to History.com, it did not become a nationwide holiday until 1972, fifty-eight years after Mother’s Day became an official holiday), it is still a holiday as ingrained in our national psyche as any.
Like Mother’s Day, I always feel that it is a celebration of all of the men who have mentored, raised, supported, and inspired us. Our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, father-in-laws, and step-fathers.
I am extremely lucky to be able to celebrate this day with my dad. He and my step-mom recently moved into our neighborhood, so they now are just a short walk away. This has been wonderful. Friday night happy hours, popping in for coffee on a morning walk, and impromptu get-togethers are now routine for us.
Our family gathering today will be 4 generations, ranging in age from 3 to 86. It will be entirely ordinary. An ordinary family gathering for us, and for that I am eternally grateful. To have generations of family living in the same town is certainly not as typical as it used to be.
We will gather around the table to eat, talk, laugh, and share.
Ordinary moments that are extraordinary. That I my wish for everyone on this Father’s Day.