Hello my fellow romance fans! I am so glad to be here today and I hope that I am able to provide you with a great blog post. This is my first post with Romance Books "R" Us and I will continue to be here every 21st of the month. So let’s begin!
With Father’s Day being yesterday, I wanted to pay a little tribute to the dads out there.
Now, I know that everyone has a "father", but it takes someone special to be a "dad". Not all of us are fortunate enough to have those kind of men in our lives, and for that, my heart goes out to you.
But today, I want to give thanks to those dads who stuck around when the going got tough. Those who were there day in and day out, teaching us what it meant to be a good person toward others. Those who showed by example what it means to be steadfast and loyal. Those who were loving and respectful to all the women in their lives. And above all, those who were there with strong, open arms when we needed that formidable, protective embrace.
That is what real dads do. And on this day, and I want to give those dads my gratitude and respect for the hard work and dedication they put forth for their children. Specifically, my own dad.
In 2005, my little sister died in a tragic car accident on her way to college. I remember the drive to the hospital being incredibly long, though it was only about twenty minutes away. And the first person I saw standing outside the hospital was my dad. I was the oldest of his children, and the last to arrive as I had the longest drive to get there. He was waiting for me and the moment I stepped out of the car, he told me the terrible news. My legs buckled and I could no longer stand.
My dad, being the amazing man that he is, picked me up (a thirty-three year old woman at the time) and carried me in his arms. He held me with such strength and love, despite that his own sorrow was probably greater than mine. He allowed me the time to grieve, to cry in his arms, even as he, himself, was mourning the loss of his youngest daughter.
Looking back, the strength my dad had at that moment astounds me. He was the solid ground we needed when our world had been turned upside down. He was the sturdy shoulder we cried on when we were too weak to stand on our own feet. He was the supportive parent when we, the lost children, needed guidance and encouragement. And to this day, my dad is still all of that and more. He is the very backbone of our family.
So, what does this have to do with romance? Everything.
My parents will be celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary this September and to me, that is a real life romance story. My dad loves my mother more now than he ever did, and to see them together, is absolutely heartwarming. He may not know it, but my dad is my role model for writing sensual, love-never-dies romance.
He’s strong, loyal, and dedicated. And is that not what we want our heroes to be when we read (and write) romance?
So tell me. Who else has an amazing dad? A dad who is not afraid to go the extra mile for his children. A dad who has supported you in the most profound way. A dad who is your inspiration…please share your story. I’d love to hear about him.
Happy reading everyone, and I’ll see you all next month!
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