As I whole-heartedly believe, art truly bonds. It creates bonds from generation to generation and doesn't discriminate between age, gender, or even ability. Art isn't just a noun, it's an action verb - something we DO.
And, art DOES. It allows a room full of strangers to become immediate friends, adults become kids while kids impress those adults in more ways you can imagine. Art makes someone timid, confident. Art becomes a Dad's favorite Father's Day gift. Art becomes a beautiful memory.
Art becomes what I am thankful for every single day.
And one thing I've learned about being thankful is that it means to be mindful. Who do I have to thank for instilling in me this mindfulness? You got it, my Pops.
Father's Day gives us a moment to be mindful of those men who raise us even through adulthood. My Dad continues to teach me the necessity of being mindful; having meaningful relationships, faith in God, and creating quiet time for yourself to allow the mind to slow down.
So, here's to art. Here's to dads.
And here's to you, Dad. I'm still listening and learning, keep it coming.