I know everyone says this, especially on a day like today, but we are really lucky to have Zak who is the best Papa around. The love he has for Odin makes me fall in love with him more and more each time I see them together. It sounds pretty sappy, and it totally is but it is one hundred percent true. I could not have asked for a better Father for my little.
We have our moments, like everyone does, but the not so great moments are completely out-weighed by all of the good ones. The weekend mornings spent foraging at the take it or leave it- looking for a new book to read to Odin or a cool new wooden toy for his collection, followed by garden time. The things Odin learns in the garden while working alongside Zak are all magic (I taught Odin to say Magic today, it’s his new favorite word). There is nothing I love more than seeing the two of them sitting beside each other watching the honeybees fly to and from the hive with pollen or in search of it. Seeing the two of them work with tools outside together, dancing to Bad Brains, cooking or doing dishes alongside each other, or just waking up beside each other fills me with more joy than I thought possible. When I see these two together, my heart melts and I just feel the urge to write mushy things.
Zak is always there for his family. He pushed me to make my own art and he is persistently gentle with Odin, especially when I’m at my wit’s end. He brags about co-sleeping and how awesome it is to his friends (I’ve secretly seen him do it), about how nothing beats waking up and seeing little O’s face and then having a tickle fight or a cuddle before work.
Zak, you rock and we love you.