Sunday, June 20, 2010

To the fathers


Father's Day Dinner -- Golden Thai, Toronto
left to right: Sam, Christopher, me and Steven

What a great day I spent today with Steven, a
great husband and the father of my two super
sons. He is such a sweetheart.

I think it's important that we acknowledge how
vital fathers are in children's lives. And I love
being with my whole family. We went out to
dinner at one of Steven's favorite restaurants
tonight, and I'll have to walk hard for a week
to walk that Thai food off. Soooo good.

We had terrific music on in the car, and Steven
and I sang all day every time we were whipping
around getting flowers, and groceries. So much
fun.

In some ways it seems like men need more
attention than women, and they don't always
get it. Women typically have a circle of friends
who tend to them, love them, consult with them
and laugh with them. A lot of men are only with
the men they know at work most of the time. I
think it's great that we have a day to honour the
amazing job that good fathers are doing with their
children. So much of a child's self esteem depends
on knowing that her/his father loves that child. And you
can see that confidence shining in every child who knows
this love.

And as for my father, long dead, I still miss him.
I wished my mother Happy Father's Day today,
because I said she has to be both father and
mother now. She laughed.

Have a loving-the-fathers-in-your-life day

9 comments:

eldon said...

Cool photograph Barbara! Don't I know you guys from somewhere?
EW

Laurel Daniel said...

What fun - beautiful you surrounded by such a handsome group! I bet you nurture all those boys with great love and attention. Glad you had a beautiful day. XOXOXOX

Karen Bruson said...

Very nice photo. How lucky we are!

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,

A beautiful portrait of your
family - you are truly blessed.

Love,
Josephine

Barbara M. said...

Hi Eldon,

Yep you know us from here. Come up
to Toronto someday, and we'll go to the Golden Thai together, or order Thai and eat it on the back porch, or in the kitchen.

Now that would be a hoot!

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

I try my best like every parent. They are super people so it isn't hard wanting to please them. It
was just the best day. I hope you
had a great day too.

Love your paintings and your generous spirit. Wish I could come to your show.

XOXOXOXBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Karen,

I feel lucky every time I go to your blog and see the wonderful work you're doing.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Josephine,

The waiter in the restaurant, Wing is a stylist for movies. He and Christopher worked on a movie a few years ago, Christopher as an actor --
so when he's serving we have a super great time, and he took this picture.

Love,

Barbara -- yes we are all blessed.

Nicki said...

Even though you are in a restaurant, you look at home in this photo.

Nicki
XO

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