This Daddy is loving, playful, a hard worker and the spiritual leader he is called to be. And our boys are blessed to have a role model such as him!
I was skimming through quotes for this post and laughed when I read this one by a father (Red Buttons). “Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.” 🙂 The kids love wrestling with Robert and just last night as I was cleaning up the kitchen the guys were wrestling in the living room. Poor Robert gets ganged up on quite easily between Baby Boy who loves to “tickle” by gouging you in the armpits with his sharp little fingertips, Middle Man who is a tenacious little beast who can do chin-ups day or night and Little Man who is strong with all the right moves in the wrestling ring. They all go after Daddy at the same time, no holds barred. So last night, I hear moaning and groaning from the other room and Robert mumbling something about “you just kneed me in the crotch…” Uh, unfortunately the boys don’t have much sympathy for a thing such as that yet, so they didn’t really let up. It’s all part of being a Dad, right??
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. (Author Unknown)
Today is my Dad’s birthday. Happy birthday Dad!! I have so much to be thankful for when it comes to having a dad like him. Was he perfect? I don’t know a parent who ever was. But, I have many fond memories of time that my dad spent with me. These times usually were not deep. They were day to day things. Moments built upon moments that add up to years, where he poured into me. I’ve often thought about how the influence of my dad helped me choose the males that I’ve allowed into my life. My plumb line was my dad. Did they line up to what I knew a husband and father should be? He gave me the self-worth to insist on what I deserved, so when I read this quote I thought it was perfect.
“I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.” (Imelda Marcos) My dad never told me this, he showed me this.
To the leading men in my life, thank you for stepping up to the plate when it’s not always easy and when you wonder if anyone even notices. I love you guys!