What is a father?

I have so many fond memories of my Dad. He was the one who would say to me: “Buddy, all will be fine.” When I was little he was my Dad and I was his little girl. He wanted me to play cricket, I was always the one who hung out with him when he was wielding tools as Mr. Fix It. We hung out building gardens. I remember one time when I was 13 and being bullied, he climbed a tall tree to see if I was OK.

When my first real boyfriend split up with me, my Dad checked on me every hour. He hugged me so tight that all the tears just melted.

When I got married, he paid for a wedding he didn’t really have the money for. Then when we opened an envelope from him on our Honeymoon it read: “Have a special meal on me. I am so proud of you for everything you have done. Take this money and think nothing of it. You will always be my little girl.”…and there was a thousand dollars.

When he died I was devastated. It took me a year to go to his grave.

You see, this man taught me true selflessness. He and I fought, in fact once we didn’t talk for 2 weeks, but he was the first one to come to me and say, “Let’s agree to disagree. You will always be my little girl.”

I am lucky enough to have married a man who rocks this life as a Dad. I watched him as the kids were born, so proud of seeing these 2 lives come into the world.

Jamie, our son, is in awe of him. They both share a love of Science and Math. As our son is about to accelerate through high school, I can see hubby beaming with pride.

Hayley, our daughter, also adores her Dad. Their relationship is as amazing as the one with me and my Dad. She’s his little girl. They fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but always find a way to move forward. He is so proud of her, too.

Today I celebrate the Dads who get it right. The ones who support their kids even though they might be 50, who love them unconditionally and never put material things before them, who applaud their kids’ achievements and the ones who are a part of their children’s lives and teach them the basic values of compassion, kindness, love and integrity.

Thank you to my Dad and my hubby.

Laurainne Marshall (AKA LO) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie and her soul mate of nearly 25 years Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Labradoodle named Amber. Laurainne has many roles, Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto in life "Grab life and run". She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.

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