Do You Love Me, Dad?

This isn’t exactly a Father’s Day post. It’s a bit too messy for that. But then, love is messy.

Mitch Teemley


I finally figured out my dad loved me. (Why are guys’ relationship with their dads so  complicated?)  It wasn’t when I wanted to find out—twenty years after my dad died–but, hey, better late than never, right?

Still, if I could have done it any other way…

My wife and I were kissing our kids goodnight after twenty minutes of their diddling around: drinks of water, bathroom runs, the clearing of real and imaginary obstacles: glow-in-the-dark sneakers, dragon poop (don’t ask). They were finally in bed.

I began the benedictions. For Beth it was, “I love you more than insert-increasingly-huge-object here.” At the moment it was “the Milky Way.” For Mandy it was, “I’ll never stop loving you.” Only lately she’d started cutting me off with, “Yeah, I know, Dad.” I needed a new line.

Finally, Trudy and I did our own bedtime rituals, hit the lights, and assumed spoon drawer…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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8 Responses to Do You Love Me, Dad?

  1. Roos Ruse says:

    Bwahahaha! …Dragon poop…

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  2. says:

    Tears rolling down my cheeks, since I can totally relate. Thanks for the reminder and happy Father’s Day!

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  3. nancyehead says:

    Love this! We all fail as parents, as people. It takes time to realize our parents were trying hard but failed, stumbled. Thanks for sharing beauty in words.

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  4. r_prab says:

    This is so heart touching! I always feel that we can’t repay the affection that our parents endow upon us. It’s never late to acknowledge them for their love and care. And it is a nice thought you have given us.. if we are having the power to show love, it must have transpired through our parents 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

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