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Father's Day, Returning Home

Aug 03 2015

My first Father’s Day with my wife, Rachel, and my daughter, Riley, was truly a great day I will always remember. To start, I put on my new ‘Coolest Dad Ever’ shirt, and the three of us headed out for a new coffee shop downtown for a sip or two of Joe – since Rachel knows that’s my favorite way to start a day. After that, we moved on to Rachel’s big surprise for us – a trip to the Phoenix Children’s Museum!

We had a blast there, all afternoon – and sometimes we had just as much fun as Riley, if not more. It was a chance for the whole family to bond and have a great time, and everyone there can participate and feel like a kid again. There were so many fun, fascinating, interactive things and exhibits there that we were sad to leave. But rest assured, we will be back – especially when Riley is a little older, and can enjoy even more of the museum!

I love our little family, especially our newest member. It was great to go home to visit all our family later that month back home in Michigan, but I only got a week for my visit before I had to return to work… Rachel and baby Riley stayed for an extra two weeks later.

Those two weeks were easily the toughest part so far – being away from the best parts of me. Yeah, I got the jokes about bachelor freedom for a while, and yes, I do visit an extra guitar jam session or two during that time… but I came home to an empty house, and was instantly reminded of what I was really missing – not to mention, the reason why I play that guitar in the first place.

The toughest part was when I was video chatting with Riley and my parents when Rachel visited them in Michigan. Riley began getting very upset, and my parents were about to say goodbye and sign off to try to comfort her, when I started singing Riley’s special song – the song I always sing to comfort her, and it never fails. Well, she stopped crying instantly. She just watched me, for the entire song, and listened.

I barely made it through the songs without choking up. I missed them so much.

The day they flew back to Phoenix, I was ready with flowers and a big hug for each of them. I had my family back, and I was happy. Riley had grown a lot in that month, and now I can enjoy it along with Rachel – all of us together, just as it should be. Till the moon falls out of the sky.



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Meet Matt Marn

Matt is an experienced journalist living in Surprise, Arizona. He is currently freelancing, reporting on people, organizations, and events that help change the community around us for the better. With his feature style of writing, he shows the deeper side of the story. Matt also writes on local musical performers and groups around Phoenix, thanks in no small part to his newly deepened love for music. Within the last few years, he has picked up the guitar, and moved on to play in jam sessions around the Valley. He uses his growing network of musical connections to help continue to tell the stories of people around the community who have a great story to tell – and in this case, a great song to sing.

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