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I had grand plans to share a piece of an old essay I wrote about my dad this week. But when I sat down to read it and retype it I ended up sobbing like a baby, unable to see through my tears.

My dad was torn from us way too soon. He died when I was fourteen—before he had even turned forty—after fighting awfully hard and slowly deteriorating in front of our eyes thanks to that bitch cancer. Since then, Father’s Day has always been a weird thing for me. In recent years, it’s been fun to watch my girls get all excited about showering their daddy in love. At the same time, it’s always reminder of the gaping void that’s there.

My dad was a great dad. He was the best dad. Remembering him whistling in the car as he carted my brothers and sister and I around or coaching baseball games or making us laugh makes things slightly easier. It’s still a hole. But at least it’s a hole that was at one time filled with something amazing. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say that.

So instead of hiding from anything father-related, I’ve decided to celebrate it this year. My dad was one of those hands-on dads who was always there for everything, video camera on his shoulder and bright smile on his face. Way too often, dads get a bad rap. We forget about the day-to-day superheroes while getting wrapped up in absent (or present but useless) fathers. But they’re there! And they’re awesome…

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via Huffington Post

celebrating fatherhood: We Are the Rhoads for Kinfolk

We Are the Rhoads for Kinfolk Magazine

celebrating fatherhood: Kristina Childs Photography

Kristina Childs Photography

celebrating fatherhood: PRker Fitzgerald for Kinfolk Magazine

Parker Fitzgerald for Kinfolk Magazine

celebrating fatherhood: Diana Marie Photography via Beloved Darling

Diana Marie Photography via Beloved Darling

celebrating fatherhood: Christina Childress

Christina Childress

celebrating fatherhood: Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

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 If you have any fun dad-related memories you’d like to share, please do!

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.