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Wish you Were Here…Happy Fathers Day!

on June 15, 2014

Hiya! Happy Fathers Day- to all the Daddys, daddys to be, and all the guys and gals doing the job of a daddy whether it is your title or not. I hope you have a great day.

I always feel I’m in a bit of a tricky position on Fathers Day; hugely grateful that my babies have got a brilliant dad and a little bit sad that my dad can’t be here to get together for a slap up celebratory meal but, that’s the way it is and I have a hundred reasons to be grateful, as do my girls.

So, here are a few words of thanks to the two main men in my life.

Dear Mr L;

I know you feel uncomfortable with these PDA’s so I’ll keep it brief and hope that you understand the sentiment. Thank you for being such a wonderful father to our two gorgeous girls. You are the cornerstone of our family and we love you. Always.

No wonder Celebs sell their stories to OK...Its the only way to ensure you have any up to date pictures!

No wonder Celebs sell their stories to OK…Its the only way to ensure you have any up to date pictures!

Feel free to watch as much of the world cup as you like today. We will bring you drinks and snacks on request.*



And to my own daddy…yours is slightly more formal- hope that’s ok…

Dear Daddy,

I drove past your grave twice last weekend but I didn’t stop.

I momentarily felt bad for not getting out of the car, unbuckling the girls and taking them to stand next to a shiny black stone with your name written in block Gold lettering.

But what would I say? How would I introduce you? Being made to feel glum on command because we were in a certain location didn’t fit with our weekend and I know that you’d never wish us to feel miserable.


Instead your two girls went hand in hand with my two girls. We headed to the beach and the swimming pool and the duck pond and the ice cream parlour and the farm I thought of all the happy times we shared as a family when you were here.

I wished that you could have cuddled your grandchildren and marvelled at how brilliantly they are turning out so I cuddled them all the closer.

Tenby beach

My beautiful Babies!

I looked out on the views that you used to love and I drank them in.

Image by Gary Llewelyn Website:

Image by Gary Llewelyn

I looked at the sun peering through the clouds like rays coming straight from heaven and I knew that you could see us.

Folly Farm

Driving a Tractor.

Driving a Boat...are you seeing a theme?!

Driving a Boat…are you seeing a theme?!

Hitting the high notes.

Hitting the high notes.

And one of your babies.

And one of your babies.

Keep watching Daddy, there’s much more to come!

Happy Fathers Day.

I miss you, and I love you.



Quotes on fatherhood* within reason.

PS- If you want to read my last years Fathers Day post it’s here.


7 responses to “Wish you Were Here…Happy Fathers Day!

  1. Oh sob 😦 a lovely post and I’m sure he’s very very proud of you and your teenies xxx

  2. says:

    Lovely post Tanya!!! The girls are beautiful your dad will be proud looking down from heaven.

  3. suzanne3childrenandit says:

    This is beautiful. I am sure that you dad would be extremely proud of you and all that you’ve achieved – not least, your beautiful babies 🙂

  4. pete says:

    That was lovely Tanya. I was always sad my Dad wasn’t around to see his grandkids. I was still in my paininthearse stage when he died so only got to know him as a man by second hand stories. It really filled a gap when I met his best man in Australia when he was in his 90’s, and he told me stories of dad in the war when he used to pinch medicinal alcohol & sing outside the CO’s tent in the desert!
    Mike was like that

    • Mumaleary says:

      Thanks for reading Pete. I’m sure you weren’t that bad but it is certainly true that relationships develop and evolve over time. Mine is stuck as a little girl but at least the memories are happy ones and I have heard stories about the sort of person he was that make me proud. X

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