Not So Traditional Fathers Day

June 18, 2017



Growing up I didn't really do much for Fathers Day. My parents divorced when I was about 3 and my father was in and out of my life till I was about 9. I did have uncles, cousins, and a really great grampa that took, not the place of but some of the duties, my father would have been responsible for. Those few others were around to help out with how I grew up not missing out on anything and to be honest I never really felt I was missing out.  So today we celebrate the not so traditional fathers on Fathers Day. 


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My grampa walked me to and from school everyday. It wasnt far from his house growing up but he was out there with me everyday. We used to walk to the grocery store and he spent a ton of time with me. We used to roadtrip with him to visit his family during the summer. He was the one that taught me how to drive. When I was in elementary school I remember making handprint crafts for him for Fathers Day. There are so many things he did for me and with me that I think I have forgotten about overtime so I wanted a place that these memories would live on. 

I also had 1 uncle in particular and 1 cousin I can remember that was always around. They made sure I had fun but not too much to get into any real trouble. I went to Magic Kingdom for the 1st time with my uncle and his daughter. I can remember waiting, and waiting, for the electrical parade to start. They both lived with my grandparents at different times so we were really close. And even when they were off on their own they were always around and always available. They have both had children of their own and I can only hope they have raised their children with the same love and support as I got growing up. 

It is different now that I am older and differentiate the difference between them and the roles they played versus what a real father role should be a little more but I do very much appreciate what each of them did and the parts they played in my life. 

Take time today to celebrate a non traditional family. It might be an uncle, a teacher, a step father, a coach, grandfather, etc. Just take a few minutes to recognize that relationship in your life. 






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10 comments

  1. I love this post, not all Dad#s are the traditional Dad, I always try and say the father figure at this time of year as they can come in so many different shapes and forms.

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  2. My husband always asks for peace and quiet. He is spending the day in his office so that he gets that peace and quiet!

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  3. Kudos to all the non traditional families out there. Especially single moms that are some of the best dads I know!

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  4. Great post! I have many uncles here and along with my Father, we always celebrate it together. Eventhough they are not my birth father, they are the father in the journey in the life!

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  5. Great post. It's great that you had adult members as role models. That's what's important.

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  6. Lovely post. There are some seriously great men out there that step up to the plate when it isn't their responsibility to do so and I take my hat off to them so happy fathers day to your hrandpa, uncle and cousin

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  7. It is true that not everyone has a father, but they may have a great male role model who can be celebrated too.

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  9. Happy fathers day to all men out here who ha been playing a Father's role.

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  10. My father was not in my life. I was raised by my grandfather so he is also my dad in a way. I admire men who take the role of a father when someone doesn't have a father. I also like to celebrate single moms because they are both mom and dad. Your story is similar to mine. Thanks for sharing.

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