This year was one of the best Father’s Days I’ve experienced in a while with my Daddy!
I’m the only sibling that lives close to Daddy, so I had him all to myself.
We’re avid churchgoers, so I took him to my church first (because we have earlier services). We slipped out before the service ended so he could get to his church before service started there. After I took a short break to visit my grandmother I went back to join him for Father’s Day Dinner after service. We talked quite a bit all day, and now I feel so much closer to him than I’ve ever felt.
He’s my only living parent as my mom passed away almost 25 years ago.
There were times when I hesitated to say or do something for fear of what others would think about me. I’m now at a place where I’m freer than I’ve ever been. It took some time for me to get to this place because of instances where I felt I couldn’t be myself at all. After hiding from others for years (not because I had anything to hide, but just for self-protection), it’s refreshing to look at others and share exactly what I’m thinking without “coding” it first.
Being ridiculed for my ideas or thoughts was something I lived with for many years, mainly by peers and during my marriage. (I shared about this in my book, “It’s My Life and I Live Here: One Woman’s Story“.) I am thankful for the freedom that I’ve experienced as I’ve found my voice again. I can tell someone how I feel and not fear being rejected or laughed at. I can be myself and not wish I was someone else.