Today, I’d like to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father’s Day, including my dear husband, my father-in-law, my father and my brother. The love and sacrifice that men demonstrate through their daily work and family relationships often goes unnoticed and under-appreciated until the kids are much older and perhaps have their own kids.
Just before Father’s Day, my dear husband and father to our four boys, wrote a letter reflecting upon some very special moments he shared with his father from the time he was a kid to an adult. They both shared a passion for the New York Rangers, and this story tells of a special ticket that my husband paid dearly for so that his father and he could watch the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994.
It was a priceless gift that I know will stay with my husband until the day he dies. I am so thankful to have an amazing partner in raising our boys, one who has sacrificed and worked so hard to support our family and meet our needs, one who has set an incredible example of leadership, humbleness, loyalty, love and generosity, one who is always willing to lend a hand to those in need, one who bends an ear whenever someone needs to talk, one who loves his kids unconditionally no matter what happens. My hope is that one day each of my boys will realize what a gem of a dad they have and make memories with him like the one he did with his father. Not only is he a terrific role model, but also an incredible mentor for our boys.
Here’s the letter my husband wrote about this memorable experience:
Although the New York Rangers did not win the Stanley Cup this year, I know every season when my husband is watching the hockey games, he’s thinking of that special game he shared with his dad in 1994.