The Art of Living Happy on Father’s Day
Father’s Day is an interesting day for our family. Given that the father of my children died from cancer and my new husband adopted them, there is a real art of living happy on this day. Fortunately, we’ve had four years to figure it out.
This year I feel that we achieved a bit of separation between what is and what was. Nine days ago our town of Ridgefield celebrated Relay for Life – which is the main volunteer-driven cancer fund raising event of the American Cancer Society. Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
Jenna and Robbie went all out his year raising money in honor of their dad, Ian Sharpe. In fact, Jenna and one of her friend’s Kelly, hosted their sweet sixteen birthday party as a fund raiser for the event. They requested that instead of gifts, to please bring sixteen dollars to donate to the American Cancer Society. They raised over $1,400!
Robbie approached the task with creativity and diligence. He constructed a memorial website for his dad and sent over 100 emails to friends and family asking for donations. At the end of the day, he was the largest individual fund raiser for the entire town of Ridgefield by raising $2,725.
The fact that these kids went out, on their own, to raise money for the disease that killed their dad, shows that they honor their father not only with their thoughts, but also with their deeds. They paid tribute to Ian – nine days ago.
Today, they wrapped gifts, signed cards and hid behind the kitchen counter to jump out and yell, “Happy Father’s Day, Dave!!!” They hugged Dave and joked and laughed and celebrated this day, Father’s Day, with the man that today is in their life. David is their father – he is the man that is loving Jenna and Robbie and watching them as they grow and mature and helping them be the amazing kids that they are.
Happy Father’s Day – Dave – we love you!!!
Happy Father’s Day – Ian – we thank you for all you have given us and we’ll never forget you. The art of living happy isn’t always easy, but it is a choice and it’s always worth making.
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