My four year old son calls his step-dad-'My Reagan'. And besides Grandma, 'My Reagan' is by far his favorite adult. They have matching superhero costumes (see below) and they fly helicopters in our living room which have been known to crash into my head, tangle in my hair, resulting in a kitchen-scissor haircut (not the look I was hoping to have at RWA next month). But above all the fun they have together, my son knows that he can count on his Reagan and that's why the two are so close.
I took him on a mom-son date a few weeks ago and in the movie theatre he sat next to another little boy, slightly older who was talking about how his dad was a police officer, and my son says, "My dad..." Pause. "I don't have a dad, I have a Reagan." To say tears filled my eyes was an understatement, because in fact my son does have a 'dad' that he spends time with and loves very much, but his Reagan was still the first person to come to mind.
These days we've all started calling my husband-'My Reagan, Your Reagan, His Reagan' and as my mom says, I think 'Everyone should have a Reagan'. That father figure that they can depend on, look up to-whether it's a dad, an uncle, a grandpa, or friend.
So with father's day coming up this weekend, I just want to give a big Thank You to all the Reagans out there. The title doesn't matter, but the love does:)