How I Met Your Dad

Hi sons,

This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and we had such a great day. We woke up early and let your dad sleep in while we made a big breakfast. You two went in and woke him up, and we all enjoyed eating together and planning our day at the Oakland Zoo. We had a great time there, and it was just a wonderful and memorable day.

Well, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to take a moment to share with you the story of how I met your dad. Many people don’t know that I met your dad on a blind date. What many people also don’t know is that I was the first to ask your dad out (because he was taking too long!), and he turned me down. He turned me down because my invitation was for him to accompany me to an outdoor John Mayer concert in Atlanta in the month of August, and he didn’t want me to see him sweat profusely on our first date. He did not tell me that, of course, but I was floored when he said he had a prior commitment since our series of emails and calls before that had been going so well. Thank goodness he asked me out next, and it all worked out.

Our first date took place on a Sunday afternoon for lunch in Virginia Highlands. It should come as no surprise to you at all in 2030 that he was a little late. I waited for him on a bench outside the restaurant, and when he came from around the corner, I immediately felt like I had known him forever. And I’m not just saying that. I really did.

It was a lovely meal and conversation, and we ended up going to a museum afterwards and spent the rest of the afternoon there. We had such a nice time together at the museum that when it came time to leave, we weren’t ready to part and had coffee before he had to leave for a friend’s birthday party. We hugged goodbye, and I floated home. The entire day was so effortless and enjoyable. I felt like I could be myself, yet I also felt attracted to him in a way that just felt right. In fact, as I drove home from our 6-hour date that day, I knew without a doubt I’d marry him.

Your dad and I have been inseparable ever since. He is so loving and supportive, and I am beyond lucky to have married a man of integrity and kindness. As you know, he always thinks of others first. You two are so lucky to have him as a dad. We never doubt that we are his number one priority in spite of his busy work schedule. We know we come first – always. He plays with you boys and makes you laugh and hugs you and tells you he loves you at every chance he gets. He is most often the one to wake up with you two at night, and he is most often the one who wakes up with you if you wake up early in the mornings. He will snuggle with you on the couch and snooze while you catch an episode of Mickey Mouse. He cooks, cleans, plays, and comforts. He is our hero!

Love,

Mom

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