Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wonderful Father’s Day
It was a simple Father’s Day but one of my best ever.
It started with my favorite breakfast – over-easy eggs, sausage and biscuits – prepared by my wife.
And as I was starting to eat, my youngest daughter, Erin, walked in with a card designed by her and especially for me.
The words “Happy Father’s Day, Daddy,” and “I Love You” were beautifully written with crayons.
She also gave me one of my favorite sweets – a huge Hershey’s chocolate bar.
Just before leaving for church, my oldest daughter called from Arlington, Texas. She’s doing mission work there this summer with a group from the University of Southern Mississippi.
I miss her. It was great to hear Emma’s voice. “Hey, Daddy. Happy Father’s Day. I love you.”
She updated me on her activities there, and I talked to her about what’s been going on back home.
She then told me to be sure and look at my Facebook.
She posted a photo from her high school graduation night a couple of years ago. She was in her cap and gown and I had on a coat and tie, and while taking family photos, I started to pick her up and hold her in my arms. We were both laughing.
Emma wrote these words with the photo – “Happy Father’s Day, Barry Burleson. I think my new profile picture describes our relationship perfectly. I love you!”
Kerry Reid’s Sunday sermon at church focused on Father’s Day. It was an excellent lesson – dealing particularly with children’s respect for their fathers and following their wishes.
He also stressed the importance of fathers in the home. Believe it or not, on average, dads only spend a few minutes a day with their children. That’s sad. Please, dads, get more involved with your kids.
After church, the question is always – “What’s for lunch?”
Pam had prepared one of our family favorites – roast and green bean casserole. We gathered around the table for prayer, fine food and good conversation.
That afternoon son Andy requested someone go to the football field with him. Having not played the sport since his pee wee years, he is working toward being the kicker for the high school team – his senior year.
Since T-ball, Andy and I have spent a lot of time together through sports. It’s a love that he no doubt picked up from his dad.
I didn’t really encourage the football thing. It’s his decision – he’s 17. And I will support his decision.
So on Father’s Day, in the plus-90-degree heat, I was trying to catch footballs – some splitting the goal post, others narrowly missing and others way off the mark.
I was surprised at his accuracy, particularly since he’s only been working at it for a couple of weeks.
Erin joined us. She was a big help to big brother, too.
The old man, about to turn 50, even nailed a short field goal himself – after three or four tries.
Afterwards, I promised Erin a cold drink from Sonic. And we all enjoyed the refreshments.
Sunday night after church, Pam, Andy and Erin decided to take Dad out to eat. It wrapped up a fabulous Father’s Day.
The only thing missing was Emma. Having her here would have put the icing on the cake. But she’s making me very proud.
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