“Dad will go to the airport and get Mommy.”
Joey’s been saying that since we dropped Melissa off at the airport on Thursday.
She is enjoying a precious opportunity. She has a childhood friend in another state, and the friend’s daughter was married over the weekend. I was able to take some time off, so there was a window open for Melissa to make the trip.
But Joey, while not anxious or upset, still wants Mom to get home.
Father’s Day, ideally, is about a man defined by his relationship to a woman; Mother’s Day, likewise, is at its best when it is about honoring one member of a partnership.
Partnership might be too weak a word, of course.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28 ESV)
A couple that gives and tends life. An expression of God’s care giving to the whole creation. Two wrapped up in one blessing.
So we will be taking a Father’s Day moment tonight after “Dad will go to the airport and get Mommy.” Because it’s not a complete Father’s Day without honor to Mom, or Mother’s Day without honor to Dad.