Late night, Steemit…but I feel compelled to write a second post. Father’s Day has been so good this year, and I wanted to put that out in to the universe. Lately, I’ve been saying it a lot that last year, we in the Kommienezuspadt household were deprived of family time. I was traveling a lot, undertaking massive projects like Dark Pinup, and fulfilling shoots and commitments coast to coast. It sounds glamorous I’m sure, but much of that time I was just longing to be home in Minnesota, spending time with @guthrie and @vermillionfox.
Today was as close to those things I’ve been hoping for and I couldn’t be happier about it. Over the last few months, the three of us have been making “family time” a priority. @guthrie will even ask for that by name. “Dad, can we have family time tonight?”. The nice thing about that is it’s a commitment for all of us to do something together. We recently watched Mars Attacks, Gremlins, and Thor: Ragnarok. We’ve gone to the movies to see Avengers Infinity War […next Friday we’re all going to see Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom], we’ve sold artwork together at the @caffetto Craft Fair and we recently went swimming at Lake Harriet.
This morning, I was literally woken up by @guthrie shaking me and saying “Happy Father’s Day, dad!”. It was such a great feeling. He’s been with me since 2012 and each day, I’m grateful I’ve been able to watch him grow up, but especially on this day. Once I was up, I made him and @vermillionfox pancakes. We watched cartoons. He showed me his new favorite iPad games and we laughed while I lit him up with missile attacks […something that is both a daily and nightly routine where I use my finger as missiles in to his chest and he does his best to deflect them].
He was invited over to his brothers’ in the afternoon, which meant @vermillionfox and I could find time to work on Steemit posts, edit and play Magic: The Gathering. She came downstairs in what she referred to as her “…Father’s Day outfit”, which stunned me as I took a moment to photograph and document how very lucky I am. On our way out the door, she casually said “Oh! I forgot to grab a box in my trunk. Can you get it?”. When I opened it, there it was, starring back at me. The new Magic: The Gathering Commander Anthology set! Something I’ve been eyeing for weeks.
I am notoriously hard to shop or gift for because I don’t often want physical things, and when I do, I buy them for myself. She absolutely got one over on me. I was genuinely surprised and touched. We met @tarotbyfergus and @treigh-c at @caffetto, played a few games of MTG then came home. She prepared and unbelievable authentic Asian dinner with homemade fried rice, teriyaki beef and breaded chicken wings. I would have take photos had I not devoured it before that thought occurred to me. It was perfect.
I picked @guthrie up from his brothers’. We ran an errand or two at the co-op. I made him dinner and spent time with him. He drug out bedtime […as he always does]. One of the last things he said to me before falling asleep was “…you’re the best dad ever”. Those little moments are what life is about. To love someone and to be loved. Tonight, I’m thankful for my son and for @vermillionfox, who made this such a memorable Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to the dad’s out there. Good night!