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When you think of your dad, do you think of a gentle, loving person filled with wisdom and useful advice? Do you think of him as the one person who has been there to guide you every step of the way and help you through the trials of life? Was he the comedian of the family?
When we think of our fathers, I'm sure we all have stories to tell. Stories that make us laugh, cry, and cheer when we reflect back on all of the things he did for us. Here at Comfort Keepers®, we hear a lot of great stories about dads. In fact, a few of our local office owners started their Comfort Keepers business because of their dads.
Kelly Lindell, owner of offices in Minneapolis, MN area, had been a caregiver for her own father for many years as he suffered from emphysema. She and her siblings did everything they could to take care of him, but all had full time jobs and families to take care of as well. As the years went on, Kelly and her siblings barely managed to balance caregiving and personal life, like many family caregivers we know. She searched for help, and found it by opening up her own Comfort Keepers office. In 2002, Kelly welcomed her first client, her father.
My dad was one of the most important people in my life, said Kelly. Because of Comfort Keepers, my father was able to pass comfortably in his favorite chair at home, looking out at his bird feeders, while family and his Comfort Keeper stood by his side. Now, 10 years later, we look at all the fathers we've been honored to help and feel so blessed to have had this amazing opportunity to be part of hundreds of family journeys, and to know each day even on the hard days that we are making a difference in the world through the lives we touch.
For 365 days a year our father's are constantly worrying about us, checking up on us to make sure that we are doing okay, and doing everything in their power to ensure that their children are living happy lives. One day, the roles will be reversed and we will be the ones worrying about our fathers and making sure they are happy in life. Until then, seize this opportunity, this one day of the year, to truly appreciate all of the efforts that our dads have put forth to give us the best life possible. Do something extra special for Dad this Father's Day he deserves it!
It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.