Message to Heaven: Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

I was in Target a few weeks ago, shopping for my list of things to buy for the week.  Nothing unusual, just typical things like Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, Milkbone Dog Biscuits, and a birthday card for a friend.  Well, geez, the card section was a gut-punching experience that I really didn’t see coming.

You see, I paid no attention to the time of year and so I did not expect to see rows upon rows of Father’s Day cards as I approached.

My new charm bracelet in memory of Dad and his ALS.

My new charm bracelet in memory of Dad and his ALS.

As my eyes glazed across the various Father’s Day cards, some funny, some serious, and some that say as little as possible for those not-so-good-dads…..I did not realize that I had stopped in my tracks until I felt tears in welling my eyes.  It was an automatic response and once I was aware I worked to stop it because Target is not on my list of places for spontaneous tears!

Every year, I invested time in picking out the card that I knew, just knew, would appeal to my Dad’s sense of humor and/or reflect realistically the kind of Dad he was.  On his end, he looked forward to seeing “just what card Jen found this year.”  You know, it was our thing.

This is the first Father’s Day without my Dad.  All those cards, and no one to pick one out for, no where I could mail one.  Yeah, didn’t see that reality coming on a random day in Target.

To those who have still have your fathers on earth, I hope you picked out a card that best fits your dad.  It may seem like an obligatory thing to do, but I think they really do read them.  I know my Dad did.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who either are Dads or act like one.  I know my Dad is with his Father so he’s totally loving Father’s Day this year.  That’s definitely better than any card I could find.


P.S.  In case you missed it last year, here’s the post my brother and I did for Dad’s last Father’s Day with us.