Three Father’s Day Gifts

Kit on Cape Cod after the Boston Marathon

Kit at Cape Cod after the 2013 Boston Marathon

Good Day, God!

Thank You, God, for Fathers! Also, for monogamy . . . because I don’t share well. I often “count my blessings” for having Kit as my faithful husband and as the father of our daughters. But, really, can I tell him that often enough?

Here are a few of the gifts I gave Kit today. First, I went jogging with him this morning. We did 2+ miles, and I had enough left at the end for me to take off in a little sprint. I do love sprinting. But slogging through long training miles? Not so much. But I recognize, God, that jogging is good for me. And it gives Kit so much joy.

My next gift to him was the Secret Key to successfully managing me. I respond best to a positive and encouraging tone of voice. I realized this just recently. Facts and logic kind of roll off of me. Ah, but a warm loving, uplifting word — that is a marvelous gift . . . candy for the ear!

Actually, that Secret Key is a gift I’d love to give to all men. It seems that our Western Culture is a bit weak on Warm Emotional Encouragement. It’s a mystery to me why people think logic and reason are going to be useful levers in changing behavior.

But, back to gifts. My third gift was to “interview” Kit over the brunch I prepared. That was fun! First I asked what Meaningful Goals he had accomplished. His first response: Running 51 marathons. He then slowly worked all the way back to marrying me years ago! I added to his list: His having compiled our late daughter Patty’s words and poems into the small book Mango Days.

Then I asked him what Goals were still outstanding. It’s good to have goals, God . . . good to make them explicit. I guess mine is to take good care of Kit. Thanks, again, God, for Good Fathers.

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One comment on “Three Father’s Day Gifts
  1. Connie mcgonigle says:

    Went right to Amazon.com and purchased the book! You have both honored Patty’s memory and in ways that enrich us all. I still have several T-shirts from her 10k but 30 years later, they don’t fit!

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