Every year, as most dads who blog do, I post something about how wonderful it is to be a dad. It's the greatest accomplishment in my life and always will be. When I open the garage door and my five and two year olds greet me at the top of the stairs, it is by FAR the best part of my day, every day. Daddy comes home as the hero.
On Father's Day, that feeling is amplified. That's why I call Father's Day the Super Bowl of Life. It's the one day out of the year that the spotlight is on you for all your hard work as the provider for the family. It's a massive responsibility and one that every father (whether you are married, together with kids but not married or just a father) should take 100% seriously. Sometimes you feel the weight on your shoulders. Sometimes you wonder if your raising your kids the right way. Sometimes you ask yourself, "am I doing all I can for my family?"
Well, when I get home and see the kids at the top of the stairs screaming, "DAAAAAADDDDYYYYY," I say yes. I'm doing just fine, thank you.
I could go on and on about the responsibility of being a father. But it is probably best said by a poem that my daughter brought home from pre-school a week ago, called "Footsteps":
“Walk a little slower, Daddy”,
Said a child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps,
And I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”
Talk about grabbing the Kleenex like you were watching Field of Dreams..."Dad, you wanna have a catch?"
Happy Father's Day!!!