Sunday was Otto's first Father's day without his dad because he passed away on Otto's birthday last year.
Also, there's been a lot going on in our world lately.
For the past few weeks, we've been in the process of selling our home and since our house sold in 5 days--as you can imagine, we're getting serious about where we're moving next when the moving truck gets here in a couple of weeks.
Because of all the upheaval, Otto wasn't sure how he would celebrate his dad, but he decided to make the two hour (each way) trip to see his mother yesterday.
To honor his dad, he and his mom chose to have dinner at his father's favorite place to eat (2nd to McDonald's of course) which is the Golden Corral.
If you're not familiar with it, the Golden Corral is one of those "all-you can eat" places and there's not much there that we'd put on the "healthy eating" list.
Regardless-Otto and his mother still went and even though it's a buffet, neither one ate very much.
They talked mostly about Otto's dad and what he meant to them and what they remembered and missed the most.
As Otto thought about his dad on his way home, he couldn't help thinking about how his father had changed over the years and how especially over the last one or two years of his life, it became VERY clear that he wanted (more than anything) what we ALL want.
And that was...
To know and feel that he was loved.
That's what we all want...
To know and feel that we're loved (especially by the people closest to us).
In fact, during the last year of Otto's dad's life, he'd close every telephone conversation with the same question...
"You love me, don't you?"
Even though, we'd repeatedly tell him that we loved him, he wanted one last confirmation of it before he hung up the phone.
Just like Otto's dad, we all go through all kinds of gyrations and shenanigans to try to get the people in our life to show and tell us that they love us in a way that we can really feel.
And sometimes our attempts to get love backfire on us and end up pushing those we love away.
If you're not getting the validation that you're important to your loved one and you want more, here are 3 tips to consider before you do the same things over and over that end up sabotaging your relationship...
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