Maybe it’s because I came from a family of 5 kids, but I always knew I wanted to be a Father. My idea of being a Dad was toddlers running around screaming my name, “Daddy, Daddy!” looking up to me like I was their superhero. I had no clue what it took to be a Father. How could I have known? Those idealistic images I conjured up in my mind accounted for all of .875% of what actually has happened. In a way, I’m glad I didn’t know what to expect. If I did, I probably would have never gone through with it.
It’s been said that pretty much anyone can be a Father. Hell, it’s a primitive instinct for us to pro-create. Doesn’t take a lot of skill and the effort is quite minimal. But, to be a Dad . . .
I can say that I’ve learned more about human behavior – and I’m pretty fascinated by it – in being a Dad than any other area of my life. I have 4 experiment’s going on right now. I learn something new everyday and am humbled by what I’ve discovered.
It is by far the most difficult endeavor I’ve ever taken on. Maybe it’s because there are no vacations. I will always be my children’s Father. It started 25 years ago and God willing, I will still be their Father in another 25 years. My role and responsibilities may change a bit, but I’ll still be on the clock. Granted, it may not be quite as intense as it was when we had a 6, 4 and 2 year old, but never-the-less, I take it just as serious.
This is by far one of my proudest accomplishments in life and I feel eternally blessed for such a gift – and such wonderful children. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without them.
I’m humbled. I’m grateful. I’m proud.
I’m a Dad and I love it!