How many people can say that their dad was a toy maker? Not many I suppose, but I can! My dad was an industrial toy designer at Kenner Toys and worked on products such as The Easy Bake Oven, Sit-N-Spin, Care Bears, Star Wars, GI-Joe, Nerf, Strawberry Shortcake, and play-doh. Pretty cool, huh?
I love my dad, not just because of those things, (although that helped! )but because he cared about his family. He would take us on secret candy runs while we were out running errands and would tell us wild stories about a boy named Cedric. My dad always noticed if I got a new outfit or got my hair cut. In a house of five women and no other men, it might have been a matter of survival, but I don’t think so. He worked hard and played even harder with all of us girls.
I am truly blessed to have a dad who still cares. He believes in me and has certainly done his share of showing me that over the years by moving furniture, teaching art classes to my sons, painting walls, and taking the boys on day trips to Wright Patterson Air Museum. I can call every week and he will listen to me as we discuss concerns and praises. He always prays for me and my family and there is no substitute for that.
He has been a great example to my sons about how to love someone through tough times. He was my mom’s caretaker and encourager when she was fighting cancer. He never once complained during her sickness and was with her throughout her ordeal.
I hope that you have had a great dad too. If not, I am sorry. I do know that even if you have had a dad who wasn’t like mine, you have a dad who loves you and is there for you. That dad is God the Father. He hears, He comforts, He is proud of you.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you. Happy Father’s Day to you, Dad. Thanks for everything!