I don’t know my father very well, and I might consider him somewhat of a stranger. He left my life just about year or so after I was born. I can recall seeing him a few times in my childhood, and then only one other time about 15 years ago. He lives in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico were he has been since I was about 7 years old. There is no visiting the U.S. for him, since his ability to come over taken away. Though I know I should I don’t make the effort to stay in touch with him, it’s just has not been a desire for me. I thought about him today, and know I need to reach out because it’s the right thing to do. He is a Christian man, and has been so for many years. For that I am glad.
I have a daughter who is 19 years old, and though there was a time when we did not even speak, we have grown past that and have a better relationship than ever. My prayer is that we never get to the point I am with my father. Christiana, my daughter invited me to lunch for Father’s Day today, and thanks to Yvonne, we were all able to go have lunch at Plucker’s. We had a great time of conversation, laughing, of course eating. My daughter then took me to buy me something as a gift so we went to Family Christian Stores. She made me laugh when I asked what is my budget? I was looking at a book, and she told me “are you going to read it!” Wow, where did that come from? She also told me something that made me a little sad. She said she was thinking about getting a tattoo (not the sad part, she already has one) of the Flores crest because she had researched it and found out we came from royalty and that the name would end with her since she is an only child. I guess I never thought about it. Overall, I was grateful to have the daughter I have, and it was a very happy Fathers today.
Yvonne and I had to drop Christiana off at work, so we decided to go see Toy Story 3. It was a really, really good movie. Their story is a lot like life, and that is to find people that will stick with you, and stick together no matter what. Even when the seasons of life change. I am grateful for the people that are in my life, and though things are not perfect and our relationships maybe are not were they should be, I thank God for them. Most of all I thank my Heavenly Father for pursing me, loving me, and dying for me as messed up as I was, and still am with my imperfections. Jesus is the example of how we should be to others. We love because He first loved us. So since I want to me more like my Heavenly Father, yes, I will be sending a card out to my father in Mexico. Even though it’s late, it is the right thing to do to honor him.
Happy Father’s Day!