Fathers day

This Sunday is Fathers Day in the UK and in this post I’d like to say thank you and happy fathers day to 4 men in particular…

I never knew my father and while we could have benefited from another earner in our family from a financial viewpoint I never felt as though I was missing him in my life.
I have two older brothers, when I was born Sven was 12 and Steve 7 1/2. My mother worked a lot and my brothers often had to keep an eye on me while she was gone.
They have always been father figures in my life – Sven probably more so than Steve, being the older one …
They walked me to school, helped me with my homework, bought me ice cream and locked me in the storage cupboard to wind me up 😉

 

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Don’t get me wrong they were also typical older brothers annoying their little sister, pinning me to the floor while tickling my feet and getting annoyed when I “borrowed” their t-shirts to wear as night shirts 😉
But they were always there for me and tried to guide me and look after me as best as they could…
When I was about 8 years old I desperately wanted a hamster as a pet and Steve bought it for me from his own money…
And when I had my graduation ceremony Steve attended, even thouh it meant he would only have about 3 hours of sleep before his next shift began…
Most of my family were smokers when I was a little girl and I often said it was a disgusting habit and I would never smoke…
Sven made a deal with me promising that if I reach my 18th birthday without having smoked he would pay for my drivers licence, and he held up to his end of the bargain… I never smoked in my life…

They both now have children of their own and I admire them for the fathers they are, putting their children first and being kind and gentle and involved in their lives…
I love them very much and will always be grateful for their influence in my life. They jointly gave me away on my wedding day and it was one of the proudest moments in my Life.

 

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When I first came to England to meet Craigs Family I was very nervous indeed.
I remember the first time I met Kevin, my father in law- he delivered some new towells to Craigs House where I was staying (sent by Jean, Craigs mum to make sure “the boy had some decent towells to offer the girl”)
There was this tall man with the warmest grin you could imagine and any nervousness disappeared immediately…
Craig never has a bad word to say about his father and I have always felt nothing but welcome in their house.
He is the most wonderful Grandfather- babysitting, taking them for days out, taking great interest in their lives and right there for them whenever they need him…
He can be a bit grumpy at times but this gentle giant really deserves a big thank you for everything he does for his extended family year after year …

 

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It is sometimes said that a woman chooses the man she marries after the image of her own father… Thinking about it this actually rings true when I considder it.
Craig has the sense of duty and responsibility that I so often saw in Sven and the sense of humour and sillyness that very much reminds me of Steve
(I have been known to call Craig Steve when he is having a particularly irritating moment).

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He is always there for us and would willingly give his own life for his children. He has been there for every scan. He has shaved my legs when I could no longer reach my ankles,
He has truly been an invaluable source of strength to me throughout my pregnancies. I could give birth to our babies feeling safe, knowing he was right there by my side.

 

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He has changed nappies, soaked muslins in stain remover and driven the babies around in the car for mile after mile when there was no other way to get them to sleep.
They have both rested on his chest to sleep and he never hesitates to muck in when he comes home from work, even if he just finished a 12 hour day.

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He is the sole earner for our family and supports us all without any complaint or request of his own. He has made many sacrifices for us and never fails to remain posive.
He lights up when he is with his children and I love watching him play with them- nothing makes me happier!
I am so very grateful to have found him and hope he always feels loved and appreciated by his little brood … 😉

 

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And this weekend Hunny, I will join you for a glass of whisky to thank you for all the times you’ve joined me for a cup of peppermint tea 😉 XX

 

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A very happy fathers day to all the Daddies, Granddads, Brothers, Uncles and Fatherfigures out there !!!
Your Involvemennt means the world to all the little souls that look up to you as their heroes and guardians…

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Until next time …
ta da 🙂

 

 

 

 

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