So today is Father’s Day. This is my sixth one on the “Dad side”. Four kids later, I don’t remember much of my former life. The picture above is one of the day I made the transition. I love being a dad. It’s tempered me and helped me grow up, a lot.
As I sit here on this Father’s Day, I think about my dad. It was funny; he actually called me first today and we said, “Happy Father’s Day” to each other. We laughed and I remembered something; in many ways, a lot of who I am came from dad. I’ve always known that, but as an adult, I recognize now that I am my father’s son. I am glad to be so.
Here’s a few things I received from my dad:
- The ability to talk to and be on friendly terms with pretty much anybody.
- An awareness of risk and the desire minimize it.
- An element of silliness, which helps when working with kids.
- A “figure-it-out” attitude
- A model of how to love my wife and kids
There’s a lot more that he gave me too. A few years ago, my dad was let go from his 19 year, successful career in corporate sales. I think they were just looking for a younger and less-expensive model. That didn’t stop him. He retooled his skills and is now a great elementary school teacher. The man just won’t stay down and gets up with a smile. I respect that most about him.
So in the words of Yellowcard, “Now I’m older, I want to be the same as you.”