Today I celebrate my 3rd Father’s Day and my 1st Father’s Day as a dad of two. Most of the questions leading up to Father’s Day have been around what I want to do and around the notion that it’s “my day”. After some late reflection I began thinking about what Father’s Day really means to me. Quickly I realized it’s actually not about “me” or “what I want”. For me it’s about being thankful for what I have. For without the love and support of my wife and the 2 beautiful children I have I wouldn’t be the father I am today. Being a father is more than just doing yardwork, taking out the trash, killing those pesky bugs that get in the house, and disciplining your children. Being a father is about loving your children. It’s about supporting your wife so together you can be the best possible parents for your children. Being a father is about changing diapers, reading Parents Magazine, cleaning up vomit, waking up at 3:00am to soothe your baby back to sleep, it’s about getting up at 6:30 on a Sunday morning to entertain your babies while your wife sleeps, it’s about making your children laugh (all the time) and it’s about teaching them to be the best they can possibly be. Being a father for me has taught me to be a better person. For I now have a responsibility to set an example for my children. Being a father brings the most incredible happiness, the funniest moments, the most humbling experiences and most of all the greatest love a guy could feel. I’m thankful for these things and for the things I am able to pass on to my children. This is why today when I answer the question, “What do you want today?”, I answer only by saying, “I want what I already have, the love and support of my family.” I love you Olivia and Jake.
Happy Father’s Day!