I want to take the time to talk about the DR DADS in our families.
I know some of you don’t have kids. Or you’re not a mom & dad household. I also realize some of you may be married to a Dr Mom. You are all important to me and I blow kisses to all of you! But for those of you whose families do have a Dr Dad, like mine, I want to take this time to thank those Dr Dads for this occasion of Father’s Day.
We witness them come home and peel their scrubs off with a look of stress, exhaustion, and low blood sugar. Work doesn’t even stop at the front door. They write notes, read more papers, write research, or take home call. Yet, they find time to jump right into family life, be a dad, and share our load alongside us.
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I’m a hugger. I’m hugging and supporting you, friend.
To your strong medical family,
To the dad who shares the load, I see you.
I see you come home exhausted from a long shift, with low blood sugar from a day of skipping meals, wearing scrubs waiting to be peeled off. Despite all that, I also see you ignore your fatigue and jump right into family life.
You’re not invisible.
Thank you for bathing the kids carefully behind the ears, washing their hair, and drying them carefully, so that I can tuck them into bed nice and clean. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Thank you for coming quickly home and holding down the fort at home so I don’t have to cancel nights out with my friends.
Thank you for understanding how important it is for me to go out and take mental breaks. (Sorry about the Starbucks bills.) I don’t feel as crazy.
Thank you for wrestling with the kids, asking about their day, saving them a bag of chips from the doc lounge, and giving them the best gift: your time. They really know that their daddy loves them.
Thank you for running from your office to go to another office so you can see our baby’s ultrasound. Even though you rarely see a doctor to care for YOU, you make it a priority for my doctor to care for ME.
Thank you for explaining science to our kids so much better than I can. They learn so much from you.
Thank you for picking up the dog’s medicine at the pharmacy or walking them after a long day, in rain, snow, or shine.
Thank you for making us the only family on the street that doesn’t have a trampoline 😂 After all the fractures you seen at work, I get it. I know we’re safer because of you.
Thank you for doing the dishes. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who likes to wake up to a clean kitchen.
Thank you for spending time together on the couch and having a date night in – our heads leaned against each other, your arms around mine, relaxing or sharing our battles of the day.
Thank you for taking out the trash and recycling. It means a lot not to have to roll those big cans out there so I can stay nice and cozy inside.
This isn’t the last thanks.
But thank you.