Ode to Our Fathers


Father and daughter rubbing noses

No card or movie or Lifetime special can truly capture what our fathers mean to us. Rather than focus on my own experiences, I wanted to write about what the other mothers found important too. What follows is a collection of lessons learned, musings, and memories about our fathers and our spouses. It is our love letter to our fathers. Happy Father’s Day!


Ode to Our Fathers

For telling me I’m pretty when I am feeling my worst

For saying “I love you” first


For assuring me that I would be a great mom

For eating through my food experiments, even when they bombed


For doing the chores I abhor,

Washing dishes, doing laundry and folding my clothes


For mending my buttons and buying me my first mobile phone

For reminding me that I don’t have to it all on my own


For teaching our kids that their feelings aren’t wrong, 

And that showing emotions is its own kind of strong


For setting an example of how to unconditionally love your wife and family,

So I knew what to look for when finding a special man for me


For wiping my tears 

For pushing me to conquer my fears


For always recognizing my achievements, large and small

For always making yourself available to listen, every time I call 


For always saying I Love You at the end of every day,

Through a call or text, even when you are far way


For encouraging me to pursue my goals,

And showing me how to live a life of perseverance and not get stuck in the holes


For always being there to hold my hand tight

For giving me airplane rides and letting me take flight


For dressing up with me and holding your pinky out while we sip afternoon tea

For magically making me heal with one kiss upon my hurt knee


For playing catch with me for hours in the back yard

For making sure I’m the winner on our game day scorecard


For showing me that hard work and dedication are always rewarded,

And for also being there to support me when my best efforts were thwarted


For attending every performance and coaching many a soccer match,

And on Sunday mornings whipping up a delicious chocolate chip pancake batch


For patiently teaching me to throw a ball far,

And how to downshift in my first car


For wiping my tears while I struggled with math,

And for always guiding me down the right path


For learning from all our fathers near and far,

So that you could be the best dad to ours


Today, we celebrate you and all the wonderful things you do.


With love,

Thank you.



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Jeanne is a married, full-time working mom with an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University and BA in Communications from San Francisco State University. She is an Associate Director of Sales for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and loves that her career enables her to promote the city she loves. Jeanne and her husband Daniel live in San Francisco with their two daughters, Ilse and Alice. When Jeanne is not working, writing, or volunteering at Ilse's school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and cooking from her collection of cookbooks (70 and growing) while sipping Hudson Bay Bourbon. Follow her adventures on Instagram.


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