I know this blog is called Midlife Mom, but since yesterday was Father’s Day, I thought I should send a shout out to all of those Midlife Dads!
You don’t always get the credit or recognition you deserve when it comes to taking care of your families. We moms tend to complain about the things you don’t do, rather than say thanks for all of the things you do do.
In my house I don’t have to worry about the grass being mowed or the house being taken care of — like problems with the gutters, a leak in the basement or a computer that’s not working. If it wasn’t for the midlife dad who lives in my house, we wouldn’t be close to having that house paid off (he got into the habit of always sending a little extra in our mortgage payment, bringing down the principle), or be able to pay for college for three kids, or have much of a plan for retirement. I, for the most part, keep track of the day-to-day picture (food, laundry, errands, toilet paper, etc.), while he has his eye on the long-term, setting goals and making sure we get there.
He, like many dads out there, has worried about finances and sacrificed so that he could provide for his family. Toys that I’m sure he would love — think boat, new sports car or a weekend cottage in the mountains — and vacations he would love to take are put aside so that that money can be used for the family.
For that — and all the other things he and many other dads do — we owe our heartfelt thanks.