To My Three Dads, Michael Landon, and Dads Everywhere
I’ve had my share of father figures during my almost forty-three years on planet Earth. Each one has played a major role in making me who I am today. Even in the best circumstances, dads everywhere have a difficult task before them, with so much resting on their shoulders. A Father’s Day tribute only seems appropriate this Father’s Day weekend.
To the father who gave me life, I thank you. Life is tough, I know that now. You did the best you could with what you were given. I’m sorry that our relationship couldn’t be more than it is.
To the father who raised me, I hold your memory tight. You jumped in with more love and loyalty than I knew what to do with. Thank you for taking me to church, teaching me to drive a stick, and walking me down the aisle. I’ll forever miss your corny jokes and contagious laugh.
To the father who loves and cares for my mom, encourages me, and is grandpa to my children, I honor you. We don’t get to spend much time together, but your bear hugs and kind words of endless support keep me going when I get discouraged.
To Michael Landon—my TV dad who changed the course of my life during those four seasons on Little House on the Prairie. You gave me an idyllic glance into what a family could be, how to parent with grace and respect, and how to be bold in my love for God and people.
Having multiple dads hasn’t always been easy. It’s tricky to know how to honor one without dishonoring the others—how to love them all in their own special way and not offend my other dads. Can you relate? Does Father’s Day ever feel overwhelming for you too?
My true Father in heaven whispers down to me.
Just keep loving them all. I put each of them in your life for a purpose and I don’t make mistakes. Love always wins.
Dads everywhere, thank you for enduring the tantrums, the teenage years, the tribulations of fathering us. You have taught us such strength, such love. Perseverance and integrity and selflessness. This weekend is all about you. We don’t say it enough, but we mean every word. We love you.