It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, in short due to busyness at work and enjoying my 7 month-old son. I used to spend time writing a post and proofreading and editing it too much, and I’ve got a folder of ideas that I procrastinate getting to. Then there’s the stat sheet, which can either excite you or drain your enthusiasm. My friend Teri on her blog Grits and Bottle Rockets recently posted an inspiration to just get writing. Just do it, just write. There’s nothing to proofread or edit if you don’t start somewhere.
So I’ve decided to try and just write when I get the inspiration and knock it out. And normally I try to write random ideas not associated with any holiday or current event, but this one’s a coincidence with Father’s Day coming up soon.
Recently I was out walking my son in the stroller around my neighborhood. I saw 3 other dad’s hanging out with their kids either playing on the porch or walking with strollers, too. The thought struck me how great it is to see so many fathers spending time with their kids. While there are some bad or absent fathers out there, in general fathers often get a bad rap. Look no further than your television: whether in scripted shows or even the commercials where usually the man is a bumbling idiot with no clue and the wife/mother looks on and shakes her head at her stupid oaf of a husband.
I thought it’d be nice to acknowledge and celebrate when we do see good examples of fathers who are spending time with their kids, being good mentors and showing them love and care. There are more stay-at-home dads these days that do a fantastic job. There are dads who aren’t afraid to change a diaper or get up and comfort a crying baby back to sleep at 4am. There are dads who help out around the house and bring relief to tired mommies. When you see any children’s sports team, you’ll no doubt see fathers who volunteer to coach. They leave work early to teach fundamentals and wipe snotty noses. When you drop your kids off at their classes at church, you will find more and more men volunteering to work with children.
Men grow up in competition mode all the time, taught not to show emotion or weakness and are constantly having to prove their masculinity. When a man becomes a father, you see him no longer care about himself but put his family first. A good father would sacrifice himself, would embarrass himself in public, attend a tea party or wear a ridiculous costume to make their kids happy. A father will display failed craft projects and wear horrid clothing items if purchased for him by his children. There are all sorts of reasons to be thankful for your father, and I invite you to share yours in the comments.
I am blessed to have grown up with a great dad, and had prep from my brothers and friends with kids to learn by their example and advice. Who would you like to acknowledge? If not your own father or a father figure in your life, do you know any dads who are a great example and deserve some thanks and recognition?