THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley



I wish I had a chance to know my Dad better. I wish I could have heard stories of his youth and life first hand. I wish we could have gone to a ballgame together. I wish he could have seen me play a ballgame. I wish that I could have made him proud with personal, work and career choices. I wish I had examples of how to be a Dad to draw from as I became one. I wish that he would have had the chance to have been a proud grandparent. I wish him a happy Fathers Day.

Funny how when you lose your Dad young, that you look at all those people with issues with their Dads and you wish for that or any opportunity to have your Dad back. Because even with tough times usually comes some good ones.

I think I could have been a much better Dad as I look back. Yeah being there is important. But it’s how you use the time and what you share and teach and the examples you set and leave. And I’m sure I’m far from the best father but I gave it a good go. Part of being a good father is to continue to be one no matter what stage of life you’re in because you are always a Dad, here or not.

Actually I’m the luckiest Dad there is this day. I’ve been blessed with two wonderful children, despite my many flaws as a father, and they have made me the happiest man on earth.

I hope my children have learned from the few good qualities I have. You always hope to do your best and always be able to protect them and be there anytime they need you. But it doesn’t work out that way for every family. So look at each other often, and tell your family you love them every day.

And a happy Fathers day to all those Fathers making that effort every day.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “Dads

  1. I really enjoyed your thoughts concerning Fathers Day. I found myself thinking about my Dad and all those years we argued and carried on. I am thankful we worked through all the problems of the past. I learned that I am just like my Dad, when I was young I thought that was a curse but today I see it as a blessing, I am so thankful I am like him. My work ethic is my finest quality and Dad imparted that to me. It wasn’t till he experienced a medical crisis before he could say I love you, now a phone call does not pass without us sharing an I love you to one another. Mike I have observed you over the years and you have been a wonderful Dad. It is a lot easier to be a Father than a Dad, you are a DAD. You and your wife have modeled to your children how a marriage works, and also imparted a strong work ethich to both children, GOOD JOB

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