My favorite Father’s Day weekend was a few years ago.
It didn’t revolve around gifts. It was the toughest challenge of parenting- Discipline.
Our kids only loved it when it applied to someone other than themselves.
Our middle daughter Lea is continually teased for being Daddy’s favorite.
So it comes as no surprise that her brothers loved to be spectators of her being in trouble.
One big fib about her whereabouts late one night and a pair of short-shorts caused all of her siblings to chime in.
She happened to get grounded on the Saturday night before Father’s Day.
So as they visited, they had to comment.
“What did you think you were doing?”, asked our oldest Lauren.
“How’s it going party animal?”- big brother Jacob.
The famous, “I would never…” from little sister Reagen.
Lea took it all in stride with plenty of eye rolls.
But my favorite was finding out that when they found out she was in trouble, her older brothers were texting a play-by-play.
Jacob said when he got a text from Colby late on a Saturday night that said-
-She has poked the bear-
He looked at his phone and the late time and he called for details. Still makes me laugh.
Jacob says Jeff knew what they were doing before they did it.
They would tell him where they were going and his reply would be, “Now where are you really going?”
We use all of these stories to warn Reagen and hopefully save us some energy.
Because we are tired now.
But we are proud of all of you.
(Minus the shorts that went into the trash.)
Happy Father’s Day to you Jeff Dodson.
I know our children are thankful for all of the times you said yes.
I, however, believe they benefitted the most from your love on the times you said “No”.
Looking forward to the grizzly bear becoming the teddy bear with our grandbabies.
It is a beautiful thing.
Now the “No” belongs to all of you.
Don’t laugh kids,
I am just kidding- (I already know that all of you do not think I am funny…)