(This post originally ran on Father's Day, 2013....on this Father's Day, June 21, 2015 - it bears repeating! It has been slightly modified from the original)
As my husband Bob, teenage daughter Melissa, and I walked out of the movie theater after viewing yet another incarnation of the tale of Superman, there was 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 Virginia with her husband Brian. They are happily planning for the arrival of their first baby, due in August! 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.
|Bob and Jessica (who is 7 months pregnant)
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 his newborn into his loving, big, strong, daddy embrace, our baby daughter Melissa became one with his heart and his fear simply melted away!
|Bob and Melissa after her high school
production of Les Mis
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!!!"
|Celebrating Chris's graduation!
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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