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a little heart-to-heart

June 18, 2011

I recently had a little heart-to-heart talk with Sam.  It went a little something like this…

Me: “Sam, why do love your Daddy more than you love me?”

Sam: “Do you feel threatened, Momma?”

Me:Yes.  Oh no, baby.  I’m just wondering.”

Sam: “Well, it’s because he is the absolute BEST!”

Me: “Yes sweetie, I agree, but are you forgetting that I was in labor with you for three days?”

Sam: “Yes, but he is SO fun to be around!”

Me: “And I had to push for two hours?”

Sam: “But he makes me laugh more than anybody!”

Me:And you quite possibly broke my back during delivery?”

Sam: “Yes, Momma, I know.  You’ve told me the story over and over again.”

Me: “Then why do you still love your Daddy more than me?”

Sam: “I don’t know, Momma, it’s just all the little things he does.”

Me: “I need examples.”

Sam: “Well, for starters…

  • He puts sprinkles in my plain yogurt every morning because, well, it’s plain!
  • He wrestles with me and has tickle wars with me every night.
  • As soon as he walks in the door from work, he gives me a big hug and takes me to the playground across the street.
  • He plays football, baseball, soccer, basketball, and frisbee with me.

Me: “Well, I taught you how to crack an egg without getting any shell in the batter?!”

Sam: “Yes.  Yes you did.”

  • He reads to me, sings to me, prays with me, blesses me, and tucks me in to bed every evening.
  • He lets me help him outside with all of the yard-work and gardening.
  • He takes me on car rides to run “manly” errands to Home Depot.

Me: “What about Target?!”

Sam: “What about Target?!”

  • He comes up with the silliest songs to sing to me all throughout the day.
  • He lets me have bites of all of his food.
  • He hugs and kisses me all the time.
  • He has 287 nicknames for me and I love them all.

Me: “Hey, but I call you Samma-Lamma-Ding-Dong?!”

Sam: “Exactly.”

  • When he reads to me, he uses different voices and noises for each character, animal, and automobile.
  • He takes me to church and lets me sit with him during worship.
  • He chases me, plays with me, talks to me, laughs with me, and helps me when I’m fussy.
  • He lets me ride on his shoulders.

Me: “Yeah, but I let you walk beside me and hold my hand!”

Sam: “Yeah, that’s almost as exciting.”

  • He buys me really special gifts.
  • He write me poems and tells me stories.
  • He dresses me in clashing colors and I don’t even care because he doesn’t match either.
  • He lets me wear his baseball cap.

Me: “I have cool headbands?”

Sam: “Um, not quite the same.”

  • He builds the most amazing Lego towers with me.
  • He cracks me up with the silly faces he makes.
  • He takes me on wagon rides around the neighborhood.
  • He goes to all of my doctors appointments with me and makes them fun.

Me: “Well, someone has to ask the doctor two-hundred questions!”

Sam: “Yes, but there’s always two-hundred of them!”

  • When we are playing, he will stop and say, “I love you so much, Buddy” out of no where.
  • He is my best friend.
  • He said he’d help me find a good wife one day.  You said I wasn’t allowed to get married.

Me: “Fine.  He wins.”

Happy Father’s Day to the most loving,






and wise Daddy a boy could ever ask for!

(and your wife is pretty thankful, too!)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    June 18, 2011 8:18 pm

    That’s a pretty articulate little guy

  2. Sandy Smith permalink
    June 18, 2011 9:56 pm

    Great post, Jenny! You are blessed to have such a wonderful husband to be the amazing father to your children. He’s pretty special, that Joe Rigney! Happy Father’s Day, Joe. Love you. Sandy

  3. liz permalink
    June 19, 2011 6:00 am

    Wow!!! – that’s all I have to say!!

  4. Talitha permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:04 pm

    so sweet. Happy Father’s Day, Joe! 🙂

  5. barnabas permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:22 pm

    And yet, after all that, he let’s his son wear an Astro’s hat. hmmmmmm

  6. June 19, 2011 3:10 pm

    Oh, happy tears.

  7. Tracy permalink
    June 19, 2011 9:28 pm

    Jenny, you are the sweetest, cutest, most adorable person I have ever come across, I loved this sweet post!!!!

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