I could tell you lots of stories about my dad. I could tell you childhood memories, silly things he said or did, a vast array of sayings, (both goofy and profound), how insanely proud of him I am, and all the reasons why I think he was/is the best dad a girl could have. But I wont. I am not going to focus on just the past or give him the ability to discount and wave off my compliments and praises… (though you MUST understand that I could go on for hours about the love of this man and my blessing in having him for my father.)
Instead I am gonna tell you about “Papa Rick”. Time is always ticking away and it could be easy to get caught up in the day to day battle with the clock, constantly battling the to-do list that grows ever longer on his desktop. He’s a busy guy. He’s not retired yet and he pastors two churches full time. It’s a lot of work.
It would be easy miss the magic of the moments that can hurry by… but he doesn’t. He makes each one count every time he gets the chance to catch a kid up in a bear hug. He keeps contact via emails to his nearly teenage granddaughters and through shared infatuation with the newest Apple technology or apps the grandkids salivate after. They are growing up into little techies, following in his footsteps.
Above it all – Papa Rick has one main love in life. His family. Moreover, the grandkids are the ones that capture his heart so completely that his attention is so focused you can almost see the joy seeping from his pores.
This is a picture of my brother’s boy… Emory, the newest kid on the block to our family. There is no doubt on either of their faces that they are totally in love with each other. When I say my prayers of thanksgiving, especially around this time of year, I always am grateful that my kids have the kinda Papa who is interested, interactive, expressive, and involved. He never ceases to amaze me with his continued passion to love and treasure them.
Thanks Dad, for not only being a wonderful dad… but for being the most amazing Papa I could have thought to pray for. While we may not always have a ton of time in the same room… thanks for making the moments that come ones to remember. 🙂