Father’s Day is one of those holidays that escapes me each year. My father died when I was 18 and my mother re-married about 9 years later. But my stepfather died a little over 7 years after that, so I haven’t celebrated father’s day in years! But, I’m married now and we have two 4-legged, furry children and now I find myself wishing my dear hubby Happy Father’s Day! And I tell him that Rascal and Tang want me to take him to dinner for Father’s Day. After all, Beau does deserve it. When we got married, Rascal was about 2 years old and Beau had never had a cat. He wasn’t sure he liked cats, but for some reason, they had bonded. They had indeed. Beau bought Rascal an airline ticket to Germany, so I wouldn’t be without my furry baby. And he managed to talk the cat-hating landlady into allowing us a cat in our apartment. This was a great feat!! When it was time to return to the States, Beau again bought Rascal an airline ticket. Between vet bills to verify that he was healthy and could enter Germany and then re-enter the U.S., along with the cost of the transportation, Rascal was turning into a big expense (one that I thought he was worth, but….)
And then, when Rascal seemed lonely while we were at work, Beau suggested we get him a friend. So, along came Tang. And they have been such a joy in our lives. We laugh at their antics, worry when they’re sick, hug them and spend quiet time with them. They are our 4-legged babies! So, I find myself again celebrating Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s Day to all of those great men out there who have raised children, be they biological, adopted, foster…or furry.
“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.” ~ Ogden Nash