Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Because Sunday is Father's Day we are writing about how our Fathers blessed us. Truly, I was so blessed with such an amazing Dad that it was difficult to pick one thing. He taught me about my Faith, how to work hard and serve others, and how to love unconditionally. But many times my mind goes back to the memories we shared. 

Quality Time

My Dad worked a lot to provide for us. Often he worked double shifts and on the weekends in a hot factory. Yet somehow, I have so many memories of us doing stuff together. Now that I am a parent, I'm not sure how he did it. I suppose he often went without sleep. 

I have memories of him playing softball in our backyard. We had a pond behind our house. He taught me how to swim in it and to ice skate. In the winter, he would attach our sleds to the back of a tracker and pull us. I remember laughing so hard my tummy would hurt! He took us on vacations and didn't sit on the side and read a book. He played in the ocean with us. As we grew into older teens, he made sure he became creative in spending time with us. Asking us out for ice cream was a sure bet for an hour together that he could connect with us! 

Now as an adult, my Dad still makes time for me as well as my kids. My kids love to play hide and seek in the pitch dark late on summer nights. My Dad is now 74. I'm sure he is tired at 10pm and ready for news and bed. Yet he goes and hides and acts as silly as he can for the enjoyment of my kiddos. It fills their little love tanks over the top. My Mom joins in as well and once again,  they all can't stop laughing till their tummy hurts! 

Being an amazing Dad isn't easy. I know my Dad learned as he went along. I'm so thankful for all the great memories and fun times we've had together. Thank you, Dad! 

Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.