A few days ago, I shared an old letter to my Super Dad. I read a few parts of it to Mila and saw her smiling at the picture.
“He’s a Super Papa, don’t you think?”
“Yeah. He my Super Papa… but why?”
We’re head deep in the “why” stage here, so I wasn’t too surprised at this question. Instead of answering her, I turned that question back to her for the next few days. During that time, I’ve wrote down all the reasons Mila thinks her Papa is her Super Papa.
Swims in the pool with me.
Let’s me surf.
Gives me ‘nacks.
Catching the moon.
Plays with me.
Makes me smile.
I give him a heart.
Everything that makes him super in her eyes is being present and there for her. After she would tell me her reason, she would tell me she loves her Papa and wants to go to their house.
As she wrote in his Father’s Day card, she sung, “I love my Papa Ridgway. My Papa Ridgway loves me. He makes me happy. This is me and this is him.”
I don’t know the true definition of a Super Papa, but I think Mila has it right.
Those important to you aren’t important just for one reason. It’s the millions of little things that let you know they care about you. The moments that she identifies him as super might seem like simple pieces to some, but are everything to her.
It’s the difference of making a regular man a Super Papa.
Happy Father’s Day to all the father figures positively impacting the kids in their lives. You help make the world go round. Good father figures need recognized and celebrated, especially today!
Thank you to any father figure who is putting the work in. It takes a village to raise a gold generation.