It's time to celebrate fathers next weekend. I have one.... I am one.... maybe my son will be one someday. I actually still have a grandfather still living and thriving at the age of 93. He is a quiet man, but pretty funny when he speaks. I suspect I will look a lot like him as I get older and lose more hair...
It's a blast being a Dad, even though it has had it's moments in the last 24+ years. I learned most of my fathering skills from my Dad. Makes sense, right? He taught me several key fundamentals that have become foundational in my life:
- Don't be afraid to do things yourself. It's the best way to learn how things work.
- Make God your top priority. Be sure and get this right.
- Help others. He is always helping others.
- Love your family and treat them with respect.
- Enjoy life. Laugh a lot. Appreciate the time you have.
He actually had a heart attack a few years ago. Luckily, he survived and had a couple of stints placed in his heart. The doctor said it was good that he was so close to the hospital when the heart attack hit. Actually, he was IN the hospital visiting a neighborhood friend who was recovery from surgery. Cool!!
My three kids have made me very proud throughout the years. They have turned out to be quite impressive young adults, in spite of my fathering skills. As I follow the road of my father and grandfather, I hope to keep honing my fathering techniques and altering them for grandkids in the future. I can't wait to play with grandkids, get them all fired up on a sugar high, and hand them back to their parents.... can't wait! It's kind of like vigorously shaking a can of pop and handing it back to Mom & Dad.... Smile.... Smile...
See ya on Father's Day Dad.