A Father’s Day Love Story – Part 2
Following our Love Story post on Monday, we were pleasantly surprised when a few of our wonderful followers sent us their own Father’s Day reflections:
1. Dave about his daughter, Samantha - A friend of mine was gripping one day that since having kids he doesn’t get to go out with the boys or party like he used to, and that, due to the kids, his life was pretty much over. I stopped in my tracks, just dumbfounded by his statement. I told him that while I can remember my single life, and I can remember dating then marrying my wife, those memories are like faded photos in a book. I told him that I didn’t really start living until Samantha was born. I live for her.
2. Mike about his daughter, Amelia – I’ll never forget the moment my beautiful wife, Kimberly, handed me a card that had a picture of a sleeping baby on the cover. Initially puzzled, I remember the elation I felt as the meaning of the cryptic verse she had written inside became clear – I was going to be a Dad! What swiftly followed was a rapid succession of other emotions: concern for Kimmie, doubts about my maturity and readiness, realization that my life was about to change, determination to prepare and adapt. Wow! I mean, WOW! Around 7 months later, I experienced a similar bewildering mix of emotions. We did not know beforehand whether we were going to have a boy or a girl, but the sleeping little newborn in my arms was quite clearly a girl! How on Earth was I going to cope with having a daughter? What kind of person would this fragile, vulnerable little bundle become? Are dirty diapers as bad as everyone says? I needn’t have worried. From the moment I saw her big, blue eyes and her pouting bottom lip, I was in love! Now nearly 7 years old, Amelia has grown into a cheerful, bright and beautiful little girl who sings wherever she goes, yet who debates like a lawyer. I still glow inside and smile every time I think of her! Through her, I have re-discovered my inner child and the art of having fun! My greatest pleasure is when I put her to bed each night, reading her stories then singing her to sleep with my guitar. Still, nothing can compare to the joy I feel when she hugs me and tells me “I love you, Dada!”. Being a Dad is such a wonderful thing!
3. Kurt about his daughter, Lindsay – It is a privilege to see the world from the perspective of a father. Experiencing the triumphs and defeats, and joys and sorrows with one’s child gives great strength to a man’s soul.
Our thanks go out to all the fathers who shared and we wish everyone a very happy Father’s Day!
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