Happy Father’s Day!
I am so lucky to have some amazing guys in my life. My father, Dennis Gleason, is a rock in my life. He’s there whenever I need him and if you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that whenever I got injured as a kid, it was Dad that would comfort me! Of course, my mom and I are close as well, but Dad always knew the right things to say to make me feel better. I’m also really lucky to have a great brother, Kevin. I’m so glad that we live in the same state again – he’s a phenomenal uncle to Wes and family gatherings wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without Kev around! His laugh is contagious, and he actually knows how to deliver a punch line (unlike me – I’m terrible at jokes). Kev always keeps me on my toes – you’d think it would be the sister that would remember all the important family dates, but it’s usually Kev who calls to remind me!
Yes, I have an amazing family. Then, nine years ago, I met my husband, Ron. This week, we’ll celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary! When I married Ron, I inherited an awesome set of in-laws, too. Papa Ron pretty much single-handedly rebuilt our home in Taunton, MA. He’s the handiest person I’ve ever met – there isn’t a home or car problem he can’t tackle. And he does it all without expecting anything in return – truly a “give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back” kind of guy. I also got a great brother-in-law, Brandon. To give you an example of how great Uncle Brandon is: a couple weeks ago we asked him last minute to watch Wes for us. Ron and I had a Jack and Jill shower to go to, so Brandon and his girl friend, Hoi Yuk, babysat for us. They bailed us out two times that night – we had so much rain that day that our basement flooded. Not only did they watch Wes for us, but they also shop vac’ed the basement so we wouldn’t come home to 2 inches of water!
Of course, a Father’s Day tribute wouldn’t be complete without a mention of what makes my Ron the best dad in the world. He’s sweet AND tough; he’ll wrestle with Wes even though he’s tired from a long day at work; he listens to all of Wesley’s stories and knows his friends’ names and whatever new “thing” they are into this week; when his truck drives down the street, the kids in the neighborhood run up because they know he’ll take the time to play soccer/frisbee/street hockey or make up some new, silly game they can all play. And, I think the best indicator of an awesome parent: he worries often that we aren’t doing enough (even though I know he’s the best dad).
Wesley has so many great role models in his life; I know he’s growing up to be a good man, and it makes me so proud. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and great guys out there.
I also wanted to share with you a cool post from SnapKnot on Father’s Day… There are some real “tear-jerkers” on the site, though, so watch out! Thanks for the love, SnapKnot!