I wish I was spending the day running to get him a present and wrapping it before our family gets together for a celebration.
Instead, I took a long walk on the beach this morning to spend some time thinking of my Dad. I told myself not to concentrate on how much I missed him - but instead be grateful for having him as long as I did.
I am more than grateful. I know I had a Dad that most didn't. One that taught me the importance of family and the importance of having parents who are "present" in every moment. I try to be that type of parent - for Jackson and for my Dad.
I can only hope to teach those lessons to Jackson some day.
So today - in honor of my Dad. I will savor one last day with my family in Florida. Making memories with Jackson just as my Dad did with me when I was young. My Dad isn't here to see me be a parent - but he taught me how to be one all those years ago. What a special gift!
Even though today is his birthday - I am celebrating that special gift today.
Happy Birthday, Dad. I love you.