As I sit typing this, it is yet another Father's Day. Please understand that while I certainly don't take these "Hallmark" holidays lightly, especially when celebrating Mother's Day, but when it's my turn, I tend to shrug it off, just as I do when it's my birthday. Is this right? Probably not, but it's what I do. I still work in the yard, take the kids hiking or to the pool, and have it be like most any other weekend day. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
But as I sit contemplating the enormity and importance of being a Father, I also realize that my children are that much closer to being out of the house on and their own. This makes me sad and I begin to review in my mind what could I have done differently to be a better father and parent. Have I done enough, or will I do enough to to teach them to be independent, to take care of themselves and possibly more importantly, to be good human beings?
Being a parent is by far the most difficult thing I have ever done, simply because there are so many variables and decisions to be made every time you turn around; many of which can shape your child one way or another. With that being said, being a parent is by far the most gratifying and rewarding thing I have ever done, and probably ever will do.
There is nothing I would rather do in the world than spend time with my family. Whether that is sitting around laughing at AFV's funny video's, taking the dog down to our neighborhood recreation area, or going out for a nice simple dinner. Hands down, being with them is my happy place. They get to see my goofy side and my crazy sense of humor as well as my serious and often times mad side. I absolutely detest yelling at my kids, yet find myself doing it far too much; often times for the same exact things I did as a kid. My Dad always told me that one day I would understand and yes, now I'm telling my children the same thing...
Speaking of my Dad, I've always tried to emulate him. My father worked his tail off so that we always had enough and that my three older brothers and I were able to go to college. And when I chose an advertising and design school for photography instead of the more traditional college education, yet he supported me 100% and has been my biggest supporter.
So I hope all of the Dad's out there have had an amazing day and feel as blessed as I do.