|| how to make the perfect pancakes
|| how high they like the water in the tub
|| how to keep a perfectly stocked, perfectly ready diaper bag
|| how to fix the favorite toy
|| how to make basically anything start working again
|| how to shush a crying baby in the middle of the night without having to pick him up
|| how to get everywhere on time
As a mom, I’m good at some varied and unexpected things, but the above things? They all evade me. My pancakes taste fried (the last time I made them, it was more like county fair elephant ears), I’m lucky to remember any sort of diaper bag (let alone remember to stock it), I nurse all the babies all the time in the middle of all the nights, and I’m perpetually late.
Thank goodness for Dad! My kids lucked out in that department! He’s smart, he’s articulate, he’s resourceful, he’s precise, he’s playful, he’s patient, and he’s just the right amount strict and indulgent.
I believe the saying that there are a million ways to be a good mom, and I also believe loving motherhood more is a worthwhile endeavor. But much of my learning, growth and experimenting in this area come directly from him – he makes them possible. For this, I am extremely grateful.
I don’t know all the things, and he doesn’t, either, but together we cobble enough together to get by. I am certainly a better mother–and a better person–because of him, and it seems like a good things to acknowledge on Father’s Day.
I hope you feel the same way about the father of your children. And if you don’t, I hope you know how admired you are for carrying a heavy load.
Happiest of days to all the wonderful fathers out there who know the things we don’t know. Those of us who have you are really lucky!