Sunday, June 18, 2006

father's day

i've never been especially comfortable with days that celebrate me (birthday, father's day, graduation day, and the like), but i think i'm getting over it. i certainly had a pleasant time this past sunday for father's day; i've come to appreciate the time to rejoice together, to reflect on what it has meant for me to be a father, and to look to the future. and this year, i got to do it over all-you-can-eat sushi, which was a special treat!

i find it amazing (and not a little disconcerting) how quickly the time passes. the photo is from 10 years ago; as you can see, b and n were little girls back then. 10 years from now, they'll probably both be out of university and might even be married (m and i were at about that age). it's not inconceivable that they could already have children of their own! the thought gives me a bit of vertigo — i think i'm having a father of the bride moment…

still, it's a treat to watch them grow up and to be a daily part of their lives for a little bit longer. i don't honestly know how i'll deal with their moving on to university (though i may get to find out sooner than i'd like with b), but i'm treasuring the days. it's like a chocolate bar — or a sushi dinner — that's so good that you try to make it last as long as you can.

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