Reflections on Father's Day
This past weekend was one of the most special times of the year. Father’s Day always proves to be extra special for me as I’m sure it does for countless other dads out there.
Though my kids gave me a wonderful family portrait canvas of my daughter graduating from college, the best gift was being together with all three of them. Family time with all of us becomes harder to achieve as time goes on.
Being a father is one of life’s greatest rewards, if not the greatest. This has become more and more apparent to me over the last few years as two of my three children are beginning to venture into adulthood and chart out their paths in life. My daughter just finished college earlier this spring and my son is in the middle of his college days. And then there’s the 10-year-old that keeps us all on our toes.
I’ve never been very materialistic in nature, but I can assure you being a father is abundantly rich in more ways than money and possessions could ever be.
Over the years I have been honored with various awards and recognitions on the professional level. But none have or will never match up to the accomplishment I have achieved with being a father. Granted, there are many challenges with parenting. However, if there is something I want to be remembered for after I’m long gone, it’s what I have done with my family. Nothing more.
Since my childhood, family has been deep rooted and of utmost importance. I always felt I had the greatest childhood because my parents were home all the time. Growing up on the farm afforded me the opportunity to be closer to my mom and dad than most other children, especially in today’s world, can experience.
I have had my fair share of challenges with being a father. I raised my two older children as a single parent for many years. I took on this role when my kids were both less than 6 years old. I might add they had no mother in their lives for many of those years.
Certainly I don’t have all the answers in the world to every issue that comes up, but I hope I have instilled some strong morals and values with my children for them to deal with life’s challenges.
In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, especially for young people. But those with a solid moral compass and a strong faith in God are going to do just fine in life. It’s interesting how my son now reminds me of this when I have down days and things seem bleak.
To all those fathers out there, embrace your children no matter what life throws in your way. I’d encourage you all to carve out family time and make your kids, especially those still at home, the priority in life. Kids are starving for direction in life from positive role models. There is no greater role model than a father.
It’s time to go in hot pursuit of continuing to be the best father I know how.