Just In Time For Father’s Day
This weekend is always a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. My wonderful wife and I were married the day before Father’s Day back in 2005. It was a wonderful day, one that I will never forget for obvious reasons. But at the same time, there was a grey cloud over that weekend, as there was the unspoken understanding that this could be the last Father’s Day that we would have Pops with us.
On Thursday I decided to get a tattoo in honor of my father. While he was never in the Navy, he was definitely a boater through and through. We ended up spreading his ashes in Lake Michigan per his request.
I’m not one who has many a tattoo, in fact, this was my first. I had been thinking about this particular tattoo since he passed, but did not know what I wanted. I just knew I wanted it to be nautical in nature for him, but still have the symbolism for me.
The ship’s wheel and an anchor just made sense. The ship’s wheel to represent the various changes in direction my life has taken over the last 6+ years… and the anchor to remind me to stay grounded and know that I have a place that I can call home.
Yesterday, Kate and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary, and today we celebrate fathers everywhere… specifically those who are near and dear to use. We love and cherish those fathers that w can still spend time with, and miss those greatly who are no longer with us. I miss my father greatly, and think of him more now than ever, but knowing that he’s watching over my family is a comfort.
Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there, and to those of you who maybe aren’t Dads yet, or will be soon, there is no greater satisfaction.