I love June for many reasons. We get warmer weather, the grass is green and flowers are blooming, it’s time for cocktails on the patio with friends and we celebrate the men in our lives, because at CAWLM … we can. All during the year I make mental notes of all the wonderful men I want to celebrate beginning with someone I don’t get to see very often. I make the trek to Arizona a couple of times per year. When I’m there I’m not visiting my favorite spa or seeing the Grand Canyon. Nope. I’m visiting my grandpa, who turned 82 this year. Recently, he fell getting up from his recliner and broke his hip. This happened about two months ago and to say I was worried about his recovery and him living alone was an understatement. Luckily, we have family out there and they have taken very good care of him. My visit a couple of weeks ago was surprising. With those family caretakers taking a short vacation, I timed my visit perfectly and thought I would do some grandpa sitting. Something I was totally looking forward to doing. Imagine my surprise, when the feisty fellow met me with a cane and a small limp after surgery basically created a bionic leg for him. Frankly, I’m not sure I would have bounced back so quickly. Selfishly, I hope I have those super-human, nothing-can-get-me-down genes that he must possess. So, I thought my trip was going to be me taking care of my grandpa and what I ended up with was a guy who spent the weekend with me four–wheeling in the desert in 100 degree heat with his cowboy hat on and trusty companion Duke the chihuahua in a basket on the front of his ATV. I know, right? Of course, my grandpa isn’t the only guy I’m thankful for this Father’s Day. My dad is a character. He is a hard worker and so generous. He is the type of guy who would do anything for you. He’s also stubborn and a man who will fight for what he believes in. My dad was good at his job. I’m not talking about the time he spent gathering money to support all of us. I’m referring to the time it takes to be there in the moment. There were times when I was younger that I resented his rules and the interference in my business. Now, I can appreciate the angst and difficulty being a dad can represent. My two brothers and I certainly put him to the test (especially my one brother, you know who you are.) That brings me to our special cover guy, who went through unimaginable tragedy and turned his life into a representation of love. He gives himself to his large family (wow … eight kids!), his business and his community. He has worked very hard to get beyond the things that happened to him and make a life that fulfills him. I’m truly impressed with his values, love and commitment. Speaking of commitment, I would be remiss if I didn’t say a little something about that husband of mine and father of my children. He doesn’t always say the right thing or give the gifts that make me swoon, but there isn’t anyone I trust more to give the best advice to me, have my back in a tough situation and provide a strong moral compass for our kids. The best part of our long-term relationship is that I like him more today than I did 19 years ago when we married. He’s a good guy and I’m lucky to know him — even though I would say he likes to golf a little too much. That’s okay, I’m sure he would say that my shoe shopping gets a little out of control now and then. There are so many great guys and dads out there doing amazing things. I want to say “thanks.” You are role models to the younger generation and I think they need it. Keep doing what you’re doing! Here’s to the men in our lives, Tiffany Dowling | Publisher
Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.