Happy Father’s Day!

Being a woman, I am aware of how much influence the men around me have had in my mental and emotional interactions with other men.  I think it speaks well of my father and stepfather that two of my three best friends are male.  Although I only had him a short time, my grandfather was also an influence on me.

So I have or had all these good men in my life, and what have I learned from them?  Let’s go by order of meeting:

Dad:  He’s taught me to appreciate the beauty of nature and what it gives to us.  He taught me to fish and loves to talk about the large garden he plants yearly and the chickens he and my stepmom are raising.  That appreciation translated into a deep curiosity about the biological wonders in this world that led to my college career and an interest that lasts to today in my drawings and paintings.

Grandpa:  Growing old doesn’t have to be the end of your existence.  My grandparents moved in with my family after he had major bypass surgery.  This is the first time I remember meeting them (I was 2 previously) and I was a teenager.  Even though he had a lot of recovery to go through, he could often be seen with a smile on his face and a ribald joke on his tongue.

Aba (stepfather):  Strength doesn’t have to be used to hurt others.  He had been an amateur body builder when he was younger and was one of the most physically strong men I knew.  He was never shy about expressing his feelings of love for me after our initial “settling-in” period.  He still emails and calls me, even though he now lives out of the country.

SB:  One of the first men outside my family that I ever lived, he taught me that there are men that can love me romantically without wanting to hurt me.  He now has a daughter who he adores and that’s just one more way he shows me what a good man is.

D:  An open mind and open heart might get hurt, but keeping them open makes you a better and kinder person.  He would tell you he’s not that wonderful of a person, but he would be wrong.  He has the most wonderful kids that I can only attribute to his skill as a father.

All of these men are good men.  I know they aren’t perfect, but they have given me love that has made me a better person.  I am thankful for their love and support throughout mu life.  So my love goes out to them all on this Father’s day.


~ by theartistryofthebipolarbrain on June 17, 2012.

3 Responses to “Happy Father’s Day!”

  1. that was really sweet 😉 You should come read my silly blog on what a bachelorette pad looks like lol, remember that conversation we had the other day when you posted you pictures of your apt after you cleaned it and we were talking about bachelorettes? I got the idea from then lol

  2. you know, I think I am going to just start calling you “Mary”. It gets really tiring having to spell out theartistryofthebipolarbrain. You should at least have a psudo name or whatever they call it. But I guess your Mary, Mary. lol

  3. I’m sure these men are happy to know that they helped make a great person.

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