Grateful for Dad on Father’s Day

While looking through old photos recently, I came across one of my dad reading to me when I was a baby. He and my mom always read to me because they knew it helped me fall asleep faster and also because they wanted me to be well-read. When I was a baby, I used to try to reach for the newspaper whenever Mom and Dad read it. So sometimes they put the paper in my crib and I’d “read” it (aka sit on it and get covered in ink.) I’m not sure what they were thinking in doing this, but I often joke that this is why I became a journalist.

When I was 3 or 4, I used to memorize the stories that my parents and grandma read to me and then I’d “read” them out loud. I remember my grandma saying one time, “You can’t read, Mallary!” I responded, “Oh yes I can!”

Of everyone in my family, Dad read to me the most. This picture I posted above reminds me of what a great father he is and of how lucky I am to have him. It also reminds me of a great story I read in The New York Times a couple of months ago about a father who read to his daughter throughout her childhood and into her college years. The night I came across it, I read it out loud to my dad on the phone. Even though he lives in Massachusetts and I live in Florida, we still find ways to share father-daughter moments like this. I appreciate every one I can get.

Happy Father’s Day, dad!

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

4 thoughts on “Grateful for Dad on Father’s Day

  1. I came across your blog while searching for a place to eat in Dallas. Anyway, I love your post here as I am still an avid reader to my 9 year old. Thanks for making me smile as I read this 🙂

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