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Melanie in Alabama writes:
I am married to one of the kindest, patient, and loving Christian men I have ever known, Terry. We have been married 43 years this summer, and I cannot imagine living without him. Through all the trials of marriage, we have become so much more in love with each other than the day we said we would spend the rest of our lives together on our wedding day. We married, with me being 21 and he, lacking 2 weeks being 25. We have literally grown up together. As the years have gone by, we have been through a child’s death, all 4 parents deaths, and grandparents deaths. Sixteen years ago, I was in a terrible car crash, leaving me bedridden for 3 months. It’s times like those that you know you have a soul mate when your spouse stays to care for you, never complaining about doing so. I learned to walk again and still have some issues, health wise, to deal with and will for the rest of my life. I have chronic pain from my pelvis being crushed.
He took part in Boy Scouts to help our son, Lee, achieve his Eagle award. He retired from Air Guard after 22 years of service. He took care of our children, when I worked. I never had to worry, because in so many ways he could take care of the children better than I could. He was such a gentle Father.
A Deacon at our church, he always responds quickly to issues that come up. There isn’t anyone I know, that know him, that doesn’t love him. He is always willing to help anyone that needs help and everyone knows they can depend on him, if he says he will do something, he does it. His word is very sacred to him. He has a tremendous sense of honor to keep his word.
Now as Father’s Day approaches, I want to thank him for staying by my side through all these years, and being the wonderful Father he has been to our two Children. Looking back to when we were first married, it’s hard to ever think we would be here today; our retirement years are just beginning on June 30. We are planning a road trip out to Yellowstone with my sister and her husband, who have recently retired also. This is to Celebrate the beginning of our retirement years, of which I hope and pray will be many.
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