Tuesday, July 30, 2013

S is for 'Super Dad'

I'm linking up with Crystal for Behind the Scenes.  Looking at a picture, there is often so much more to it than the person, or people, looking back.  Or, like in the picture I'm sharing today, the people looking at their electronic devices!

In this picture, we are on the ferry on the way home from the Vineyard.  Jay is sitting next to Peter with Kate sitting on his lap.  Peter was challenging because he was inconsolable about having to go home.  He had been crying almost non-stop for 3 hours.  Peter doesn't cry a whole lot, so when he does it is pretty pitiful:(

Jay was being super patient with our inconsolable son while we had been packing up, driving to the ferry, walking around waiting for the ferry, in line waiting to board the ferry, and then getting a seat and getting under way.(I can only imagine what the people around us thought seeing someone Peter's size crying that whole time.  Sometimes Peter 'looks' so normal that his special needs aren't completely apparent.  Not that I care what people thought(at least that day!).  Although I did feel bad for the people that sat directly in front of and behind him!)

Soon after we got onto the ferry, Kate looked over at Jay and said, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!"  Even though he already had his hands full with Peter, Jay was not going to turn away his baby girl calling his name.  She toddled over to him and sat on his lap.  They snuggled together and Jay let her fiddle with his phone and look at pictures of herself.  The last 10 minutes of the ride, Peter shared his Ipad with Kate.

Not once did Jay look frustrated, or raise his voice, or snap at either of them.  He was 'Super Dad' on that ferry ride home...as he is just about every day!  (Even though there are lots of days he doesn't feel like it!)

Jay works so hard trying to provide for us...seeing patients for usually two, and sometimes even three, companies each day!  Most of the time we seem to only be treading water because, like most people, "extra" money seems to come in just when an unexpected expense arrives!  While getting ahead is always his aim, staying afloat is generally his reality!

After working 10+ hour days, he comes home to greet a house of needy people clamoring for his attention:  Teenagers wanting to talk sports, practice driving, play basketball, or needing a ride to some sporting event....Pre-teens wanting his love and attention....Luke wanting him to play trucks, or dinosaurs, or in the sandbox, or with Legos...and Kate wanting to do whatever Luke and Daddy do!  (Not to mention a wife who needs a little time and attention, too...and a hand with baths and supper clean up!)

Jay is a man that gives and gives and gives....and all of my children are blessed to have him as a dad...and I am blessed to have him as my husband and best friend.....

Even though this picture seems pretty unimpressive, it really tells a much deeper and special story!

P.S.  In case you read my post yesterday, this is not my absolute favorite picture from our trip to the Vineyard either!  I promise I will be sharing that one with you later in the week!