Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day 2020

My Dad
On His Birthday 2014
Hanover, MD
Happy Father's Day! 

Being a father is a tough job that requires successful balancing of competing activities.

Me and the Kids
My Birthday 2019
Elkridge, MD
Being a father also requires sacrifice! But, being a father is incredibly rewarding and fills life with uncountable memorable events and activities. I remember concerts, birthdays, ball games, plays, frustrating homework, graduations, weddings, births, vacations, parent-teacher conferences, and just relaxing by playing and spending time with the family. I admit, I was a bit high strung (or tightly wound) when I was a young father, but I was away from home a lot and always tried to make the time I was home meaningful. Were there other things that I wanted to do? Yes. There always seemed to be something calling me away from the family and I was forced to perform a balancing act at which I often failed miserably. 

Chris and I in a Selfie
September 19, 2019
Maui, Hawaii
February 27, 2019
Gywnn Oak, MD
Did I do it on my own? No. Being a father is a team sport. I understand the sacrifices and the decisions that my own father had to make as I was growing up. He was the role model, but we are both lucky to have strong women in our lives. I have my Mom and my wife who both provided guidance and correction, when needed! 

So to my Dad, happy Father's Day. 

To the three best kids a dad could ever have, thanks for being you and being the adults that you have become.

To Chris and Mom--thanks for being there so that I have fond memories of being a father.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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