Sunday is Fathers’ Day, a day spent by many a daddy sleeping in, relaxing, barbecuing, golfing, and drinking beer. Even though my husband and I have a new baby, he has two kids from a previous marriage, so the manly holiday is nothing new to him. But my step kids live in Pennsylvania, so this is the first Fathers’ Day in years that he will get to celebrate with a kid! Baby Kevin and I will be taking Daddy to the Washington Brewers Festival in Marymoor Park on Sunday. My husband is a home brewer, and besides sleeping in (like mentioned above), the festival was the one thing he really wanted to do.

Needless to say, my husband is excited for Sunday. But for me, Fathers’ Day is a little bittersweet. Seven years ago this week, my dad died. He battled multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, for about six years before dying at the age of 50. With his death being so close to Fathers’ Day, it makes the holiday a little difficult and reminds me of that rough week seven years ago. I always want to honor my dad, who wasn’t perfect but was a great father to my sisters and me, but it’s sometimes hard to when he’s not around. It’s not like I can send him a card or call and talk to him. I’m left with my memories of trout fishing, camping, rough-housing in the living room, making eggs benedict and swinging Dad in the hammock while he read a book. I can share those memories with my husband, who is wonderfully supportive. But Matt never met my dad, so he can’t really reminisce with me.

So while I’m excited to celebrate my first Fathers’ Day with my husband and our son, I’ll also be spending the day thinking about my own dad and the couple decades of Fathers’ Days I celebrated with him. But my dad was also a home brewer, so attending the Washington Brewers Festival would have been right up his alley.

Take the opportunity this weekend to hug your dad. You never know when you won’t or he won’t be around for the holiday. And be sure to spoil him on Sunday, if possible.

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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