Hanging with the Guys

dippel.jpgGrayson is about to experience his 5th father's day without his dad. The first few years were okay for him, but it is sort of difficult to get into a holiday like that one without your dad. We made cards, visited the cemetery, ate foods Daniel would have liked, did things he would have liked to do. We tried to celebrate it like we would have in the old days. I think Grayson enjoyed it, but clearly there was something missing. (Photo:  Grayson and his Godfather, Jimmy Simmons)

Grayson is about to experience his 5th father's day without his dad. The first few years were okay for him, but it is sort of difficult to get into a holiday like that one without your dad. We made cards, visited the cemetery, ate foods Daniel would have liked, did things he would have liked to do. We tried to celebrate it like we would have in the old days. I think Grayson enjoyed it, but clearly there was something missing.

Last year my father-in-law invited Grayson to spend Father's Day with him at the coast. He'd decided Grayson was old enough to go on a fishing trip and he really wanted share the day with his grandson. I was a little worried that Grayson wouldn't have a good time - he tends to get homesick and I wasn't sure he could hack the all day fishing excursion. I was also a little worried about myself, I wasn't sure I wanted to be alone on Father's Day. Thank goodness my worries were groundless. Both grandfather and grandson had a blast (and so did mom - a pedicure and margaritas with the girls can definitely cure what ails you!).

A couple of months ago my father-in-law called to invite Grayson again. I was touched by the gesture and told him so. I told him I thought it was really special for the two of them to have this time together and I asked if it made him feel closer to Daniel on that day. His response made me smile then, and continues to make me smile now. He told me it definitely made him feel closer to Daniel, but it wasn't the only reason he invited him. "I just like him. He's a great kid, and I really enjoy spending time with him" were his words. I loved it.

The trip starts on Thursday, and Grayson is excited. He's got his fishing hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen ready. He's convinced he's going to catch the most fish and can't wait to get out on the water with his Poppa. His Godfather is the fishing guide, and that is a double bonus to Grayson. He can't wait. Fishing, telling stories, and hanging out with the guys, what better way for the little guy to celebrate the day? His Dad would have loved it, and I'm certain will be smiling down on him, hopefully putting those redfish right on the hook!

Happy Tuesday! 


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