Greg Miller

Moms and Dads Get No Time Off for Vacations and Holidays

  © 2013

Mother’s Day 2013 had become just a footnote to history’s illustrated pages.

Max apologized to his wife, Maxine, for forgetting to get a Mother’s Day gift for her. Maxine told Max she forgave him and said she still loved him more than the world.

Maxine planned to do something special for Max for Father’s Day. “What would you like for dinner for your big day?,” she asked.

“It doesn’t really matter,” said Max. “You’re a great cook, and everything you prepare is delicious, so just surprise me.”

“Sure, Dear,” said Maxine. “I will prepare something fit for a king.”

Maxine planned the “perfect” Father’s Day meal - baked salmon, along with fresh corn-on-the-cob, and sweet potatoes.

Marvin, the couple’s 10-year-old son, and their daughter, 12-year-old Minnie, added their special touches. Marvin baked some chocolate chip cookies for his dad. Minnie prepared a special salad, a mixture of fresh spinach, onions, cheese, broccoli and sliced tomatoes.

Not only did Maxine prepare a delicious and eye-pleasing meal, she also appropriately decorated the dining room.

Maxine, Max and their children always enjoyed eating their meals together, and they enjoyed the art of conversation.

“This is great!,” Max exclaimed. “I really appreciate the effort everyone put into this.”

“It was nothing,” said Maxine. “You are still the love of my life, and I enjoy doing things to please you.”

“You’re a cool dad, too,” said Marvin. “You’re always there at my baseball games to cheer me on, and you support and encourage me even when we lose the game.”

“And you’re always in the audience when our school’s drama team is presenting a play,” noted Millie. “In the last show we did, I played a comedienne who no longer made her audience laugh. But you were right there, laughing as loudly as you could. In fact, you almost laughed too loudly. I was afraid you might spoil my part, because of the fact that the comedienne whose part I was playing was no longer able to make her audiences laugh. But I do appreciate you being there, Dad.”

“I try to be a good and Godly father,” Max said. “The kind of dad who loves his children, leads them in the ways of the Lord and supports them in the various areas of their lives.”

Minnie told her parents she had noticed most holidays had a common denominator. “Many adults seem to take most holidays off work,” she said.

Marvin had observed the same thing. “Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are different, though,” he said.

“It’s true,” Maxine chuckled. “When God made moms and dads, He made sure there was no way they could take a vacation or holiday from doing those jobs!”

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Published on on 05/22/2013.


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