This summer, I’ve been working with my dad and learning many skills about remodeling, which isn’t necessarily fun, but definitely beneficial. Since I first began working with him a few years ago, I have begun to understand just how much work is put into constructing a home or other building. Along with learning a new skill, I’ve had the chance to bond a bit more with my dad who works very hard and doesn’t always have much time or energy when he comes home.
Working with him has al lowed me to experience the struggles life throws against you, making an already tricky job much harder than it should be, and I am starting to realize just how tiring his job can be and makes me appreciate my dad and his work even more. There’s so much he does for me and my family that goes unnoticed or unacknowledged, and I know it’s the same for many other fathers out there.
I’m blessed to have both a mom and dad who love and care for me and my siblings, but I know I don’t thank them nearly enough, and especially not my dad. Maybe it’s because he’s not around as much, or maybe it’s because I never realized just how much he actually does, but no matter why that is, it isn’t right. Fathers are very underappreciated and are expected to carry the weight of protecting their family, providing for them, making sure their wife and kids are healthy and happy, but are hardly ever told “good job” or “thank you”.
So although Father’s Day has passed, and maybe you don’t have a dad or a mom, go find whoever it is that cares for you and hug them, kiss them, tell them how much it means to you that they would sacrifice so much for you. Not just on Father’s Day, but at every chance you get.