Posts Tagged ‘Dad’
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!
There’s nothing like the love of a father for his child. It was touching to read these messages from fathers to their children in honor of this special day.
1. Kenny about his daughter, Joy - The first time I saw my first daughter, I wrote down a phrase on a piece of paper: “Finally, I have the chance to see you, little creature! Just by looking at you, my full body will melt!!!”
2. Tommy to his daughter, Winifred (Winnie) - Becoming a father is one of the most magical, emotional and proudest days of my life. I feel so blessed to be lucky enough to experience watching each day as my daughter Winnie blossoms into a beautiful soul. It’s the little moments with her that mean the most to me, like holding her asleep in my arms a few minutes longer before I put her down, watching her first everything and sharing with my wife the funny little things she did that made me laugh so hard I couldn’t help but share. I hold onto each and every smile, gaze and memory like a treasure. In this lifetime all I want to be is the best parent I can and to hold her hand and guide her through life, keeping her safe from harm and allowing her to shine like the sun.
3. William IV to his son, William V - “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be, A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.” I thought I knew happiness and joy prior to the birth of my son, but I met them the day he was born. My son is truly the greatest gift this world has offered me and I am eternally grateful. My mission as a father is to raise my son to be the man that I was raised to be and to lead him with a firm, but gentle hand. I was blessed to have been brought up by what I deem the best dad in the world. My son carries his name and will always get all of the attention, direction, and love I have to give in order to prepare him to pave his own way, just as my dad did for me.
Reading these reflections warmed our hearts and we were excited to be able to share these endearing words of love with our readers. No matter what father figure you play, we’ve learned from above that the little moments are what fatherhood is all about. If you have a Father’s Day story or reflection, we’d love for you to share it with us.