The greatest joy of fatherhood is seeing life through my son’s eyes. I see how he interacts with me and I see what is important about becoming a man and having healthy male friendships. But then I watch how he interacts with my wife and I see the beginnings of how women interact with, and think about men. On both sides I am reminded of what is important about living and how to shape those points of importance into my son.
I live with a prayer to God that I will be allowed to see my son move into adulthood. But, if that does not happen, I try to impress certain messages in his heart for him to carry on, without me…Be a nice guy regardless of what others are doing. Think for yourself. Go to college. Marry wisely. Be a good father – when it is time.
To me being a dad is about building bridges. A father’s relationship with his children is always changing, but if there are good bridges to their heart and mind we can always reach them. Coach their sports team, talk to them about real things, help them make decisions and demonstrate love.