Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day, John

So, I know that I mention my mother-in-law Susan all the time, but I might not mention John as much. He's my father-in-law. I don't mention him as much because he doesn't let me gab his ear off on the phone, or listen to me whine about Brendan getting into everything, and he doesn't let me drop Brendan off for hours with him so that I can catch up on some "me" time. Susan lets me do all that. Of course I'm more than grateful to her, but I am also so grateful for John, so I thought I'd tell you all a little bit about him.

He's tall, dark, and handsome. I am allowed to say that, because my husband resembles him. He's very funny and is always making us laugh, without even trying really. He's one of the most passionate men I know. He is a true believer in what he believes in- know what I mean? He loves his office. If you can't find John, he's in his office. I would love to be a fly on the wall just to be snoopy and see what he does in there exactly. He's a little daring these days. He fell in love with a car on eBay, and bought it. We were all cringing at the thought of it, wondering if he'd been scammed as we waited for the truck to deliver the car. But it came, and he's been sitting in that car ever since. (kidding.) He wears his heart on his sleeve and cried at our wedding. Many times. I am still hoping that it was a good cry! *wink wink* He loooooves golf. He would leave Susan and run away with a golf club if it would cook for him. He also looooooves to bargain shop and can find him at Marshall's or TJ Maxx on any given weekday. "It was only $5. I couldn't just leave it there. You can wear it to wash the car." That's an inside joke, had to be there. He's always on the lookout for the next new gadget, so one of his many nicknames is now "Grandpa Gadget." Just today, on Father's Day, he dragged us all out to the verizon store to switch cell phone companies for me in the interest of saving us some money. Who's father-in-law would do that? Mine. My father-in-law would. He's always looking out for us in any way that he can. He's like the Pappa Bear of the family. Comforting, safe, secure, caring, generous, loving, and all of those other mushy words that will make him blush. He's the Pappa Bear that watches over all of us and without him, I would feel very lost. I am not so sure I could ever imagine my world without him. It wouldn't be the same place I've called home for the past few years, that's for certain.

Last year he became a Grandfather for the first time. From the moment he laid eyes on Brendan, he's had a different look about him. He's always been soft, but now he's softer. He's always been caring, but now he's careful. He's always been generous, but now Brendan is set to inherit the "family fortune." He's always been loving, but is now so in love with his little "cheekers." He's always been humble, but now is just so proud to be called Grandpa. Grandpa Jack. The best Grandpa in the world.

Happy Father's Day to someone who makes the family go 'round. We love you.

1 comment:

Kelli said...

Wow. He IS great, isn't he. You guys are truly lucky to have him. Both of your "In-Laws" are just such awesome people!!!!