He usually wakes up around five in the morning and gets up to grab his favorite mug to sip his black coffee. He sits and starts to read the newspaper. After a few minutes, he eats breakfast with you, prepare for work, and drive you to school.
He works in the office until six in the evening and heads straight home to have dinner. After dinner, he sits in his desk to check emails or finish whatever work he hasn’t finished yet. He finally prepares for bed and sleeps.
This may seem to be your dad’s typical everyday life routine. But it isn’t, actually.
When he wakes up around five in the morning, he doesn’t grab his favorite mug to drink his coffee right away. Instead, he goes to your room to check on you. He fixes your blanket and increases the temperature of your air-conditioning unit, thinking you may catch colds if the temperature is too low.
Before he sits and starts to read the newspaper, he makes sure that your mom is able to prepare a decent breakfast for you.
Before he eats his breakfast, he patiently waits for you to wake up on your own because he knows that you need to get as much sleep as you can. He waits for you even though he is already hungry because eating breakfast with you is the only time where he can catch up on your life. Unfortunately, you are reading your papers during breakfast, so he ends
up eating breakfast in silence.
Before he prepares for work, he lets you use the bathroom first because he knows that you are in a hurry and you need a lot of time to prepare for school. While you are in the bathroom, he checks with your mom if your uniform has already been prepared and slips money in your wallet.
Even though he is getting late for work, he still waits for you at the garage to drop you off to school. He wants to talk more with you but you have your headphones on. He drops you off to school. He wants to say goodbye or kiss you on your forehead but you ignore him because you are embarrassed to be seen by your schoolmates.
He works at the office until six in the evening in order to provide for the family, so that you can afford to use the air-conditioning unit in your room, so that your mom can prepare you a decent breakfast, so that you can have your uniform and money, so that you can afford to be dropped off to school with a car, so that you can have a good life–and future.
Before dinner, asks your mom if you went home safe. He cannot talk to you in person because you’re already busy with schoolwork or busy watching the TV.
After dinner, he is mad at himself because he still has to finish work at home when he could have had the time to talk to you.
Before he goes to bed, he checks on you in your room but you’re already asleep so again, he ends up just fixing your blanket and kissing you good night.
Yes, your dad’s life may be routinary… but there’s more than what meets the eye. Give your daddy/papa/dada/itay/tatay a little love, he deserves it!
Happy Father’s Day!