Father’s Day: A Day Without Dad

Father's Day

By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

With Father’s Day just two days away, you probably think I am going to offer advice on how to deal with Father’s Day as a divorced woman. Wrong. My Love Essentially column below, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press is about celebrating your late father on Father’s Day. Personally speaking, I know this Father’s Day won’t be easy, but I also know that there is and will always be a reason to celebrate my dad on Father’s Day: for all he gave me while he was here. 

Celebrating Your Late Father On Father’s Day  by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

For as long as I can remember, in the days preceding Father’s Day, I’d find myself in a department store shopping either for a shirt or a bottle of cologne or some other gift for my dad. The funny part was, I think my father found more joy in unwrapping the gift than he did in the gift itself. I can still vividly remember how amused and even eager he seemed while tearing off the wrapping paper.

But this Father’s Day will be different for me. No Macy’s, no Bloomingdale’s, no Nordstrom. There are no more gifts I can buy for my dad since he passed away this year.

For me, the thought of Father’s Day has only made me feel sad and lonely, intensifying this achingly painful emptiness that doesn’t seem to be going away.

But then I started thinking…(Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.)

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    Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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