This Sunday is Father’s Day here in the States; and all over the nation, families will gather around the grill to celebrate their dear old dads. For some, this will be a joyous first time celebration, and for others, it will be a bittersweet day of remembrance. Mother’s Day has become such a commercial event with flowers, chocolates, and cards, but for many girls and women, there’s nobody in the world like our daddies.
I was so blessed to have two father figures to look up to when I was growing up. One was my wonderful, supportive father, and the other was my larger than life grandfather. A big man with piercing blue eyes and a hug for everyone, Granddad literally and figuratively stood above all the rest. He was everyone’s friend, the one everyone counted on for help and guidance, and with only an 8th grade education, one of the smartest men I’ve ever known. In my book, Crabbing With Granddad, I described him as “a large man, tall and muscular…. [with] skin the color of an old copper penny…. His hands were hard and calloused…. [but] to me, they were the gentlest hands in the whole world.”
We lost my grandfather to cancer when I was 18, but he will forever live on in my heart (and in my daughter, Morgan, who had his eyes and his name). He was the life and breath of our family, and he will always be missed. I know that my own father, when he reads this, will not ask why I have said all of these wonderful things about Granddad and not about him. He will just nod with a smile and tears in his eyes and agree that Granddad touched his life, too, and became his best friend from the day he and Mom said “I do.”
But in saying that, I have to pause and tell you that my dad is quite special as well. He is a man of deep and abiding faith, unfailing love, and endless support. As I told him on my wedding day, he is the wind beneath my wings.
So to my grandfather in Heaven, my wonderful father, and my loving husband, I say happy Father’s Day. May you always know how much you all are loved.
Amy Schisler is an author of mystery and suspense novels. Her first book, A Place to Call Home is in its second printing and may be purchased in stores, online, and through ibooks. Her previously published children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad may be purchased in stores and on Amazon.