Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Father's Day Tribute to My Man of Steel

Last evening, my husband Bob, 15-year old daughter Melissa, and I walked out of the movie theater after viewing yet another incarnation of the tale of Superman.  While the 2013 version took some liberties with the original story, there remained one solid aspect of the film that Melissa and I agreed was not up for debate.  The bottom line...........Superman is just downright HOT!

Muscular, sizzling, sexy HOT!

As my daughter and I engaged in an in-depth discussion of Superman's adorable attributes, my  hubby glanced over at us and declared, "Oh just cool it you two!"

I looked at him and smiled, taking his hand in mine.

"Not to worry sweetie," I said.  "You'll always be my man of steel."

And honestly, I meant every single word.

No, I'll admit, Bob is not faster than a speeding bullet.

No, I'll admit, Bob can't leap tall buildings in a single bound.

And no, I'll admit, Bob can't slip into a phone booth, don a cape, and fly from New York to Paris and back again in under 10 seconds.

But what Bob can do is be the most amazing husband and father in the world, and that makes him my Superman!

When I met Bob over two decades ago, he had been wearing the "daddy" hat for nearly 16 years, having raised his daughter Jessica on his own.

Today, Jessica, a union executive, lives in Washington, DC and is happily planning her wedding to our soon to be son-in-law Brian. Throughout her teen years, wild college days, and the uncertainty of young adulthood, Bob remained the rock in my step-daughter's life.  He imparted on her the value of hard work, commitment, and standing up for herself, as well as a deep appreciation of love and family.

Since I first entered Bob and Jessica's world, I have been in awe of their relationship. Their emotional connection has never wavered, despite the miles that separate them. She has always been able to trust him, to confide in him, to seek guidance from him, and to share with him. Although the next major role he will play as her dad will be walking her down the aisle, I know that his love for her is so fierce.......and he'll never let her go!

As Jessica evolved from a toddler to a young adult, Bob rarely entertained the notion of having another.  Being a single parent came with a myriad of challenges, something Bob didn't look forward to living through a second time.

That is...........until I came along.

I offered no negotiations on this topic.  Our life together had to include children.

Three years into our marriage, as I stared at the positive symbol on the over-the-counter pregnancy test, I unabashedly rejoiced, while Bob greeted the news with fear in his heart. Nine months later, when our bundle of joy arrived in all of her glory, Bob took this miracle into his arms and gave me an "over-the-top, ecstatic, jubilant, euphoric" smile that I had only witnessed one time before - on our wedding day.  As soon as he scooped Melissa into his loving, big, strong, daddy embrace, our baby daughter became one with his heart and his fear simply melted away!

As we guided Melissa through each phase of her young life, I became the over-protective parent, while Bob challenged her to spread her wings.  She learned to ride a bike thanks to his willingness to trust her, and let her go (and by ordering me into the house).  She spent hours cuddling next to him on the couch, watching cooking shows or concerts.  As Melissa entered the preteen years, he dusted off his old guitar, placed it in her gifted hands, and never looked back. Today, music has become an incredible bond between them...drawing them together with a shared passion for learning, exploring, and creatively growing together both as musicians, and as father and daughter.

This Father's Day, along with a family lunch, home made cookies, and greeting cards from the two girls who have brought such joy to his life, Bob received an unexpected gift from two teenage boys.

Their card held this simple yet heartfelt message

"You have been a father figure to us.  You rock!!!"

The sons of my dear friend Angelica, we felt that Chris, 16 and Brandon, 14 needed some extra love, support, and attention in their lives.  "The boys", as we affectionately call them, have spent countless hours at our home, bonding with Bob through their shared love of Zombie movies and Superheroes.

I did not believe that the simple act of spending time together, asking about their lives, showing interest, and sharing our hearts could truly have such an impact...but it did.

So, to my Bob, my Man of Steel, my Prince, my Night in Shining Armor....thank you for your compassion, your patience, your strength, and your love.  You are a fabulous, loving father to Jessica and Melissa. You are a caring, fun, strong father figure to Chris and Brandon, and.........

YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!

Happy Father's Day Bob!  
I love you!




Super Dad Bob with our daughters Melissa and Jessica

Bob with Brandon and Chris (and Spiderman!)


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10 comments:

  1. To be a mentor to kids who are not your own is the greatest testament to the character of a person. I hope Bob had a wonderful day.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Cindy! I think Bob and I get as much joy out of it as The boys do!! All the best! Lisa

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  2. Wow, Lisa. This time you brought tears to my eyes. Very emotional and very thoughtful.
    Bob deserves. YOU and Bob rock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Omg, I was crying so much. What a poignant and emotional story!!!! We know how strong and wonderful Bob is... Not to many people have his attributes!!!!

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  4. You are one lucky woman to have found a man like Bob, and your girls have a wonderful role model, all kids need that, count your blessings...

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    1. Yes, I agree, I think Bob and I both bring our unique perspective to parenting to our girls and now the boys - I do consider myself very lucky! Thank you so much!
      Lisa

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man! I hope you all had a great father's day!!!

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