Happy Father's Day!

First and foremost...

A huge "Happy Father's Day" goes out to my Dad... We are different in so many ways, that it's surprising to see how many ways we are truly alike. It's the ways that we are "alike" that really matter... The important ones! I have grown to be a happy well adjusted man and father, and for that, I humbly thank you Dad.. Thank you for the inspiration, and being a roll model for what a good father is all about... It is more comforting to me then you will ever realize - just knowing how much it means to me that you are always there for me when I need it (and sometimes when I don't need it). Thank you Dad, for everything!!

I would also like to take a moment to wish my Father In Law a Happy Father's Day also!! You have done a great job raising your family, and should feel very proud of what you have accomplished. You raised your oldest daughter (my wife, and the "Mother of Five") into a WONDERFUL woman. You accepted me into your family, and have become as much a part of my family as anyone could. I have learned much from you over the years, and I look to you for additional inspiration for what I want to be as both a husband and a father. I can not thank you enough.

And, last but not least... All the other Dad's out there... They are too numerous to list...

I do not get to spend as much time with him as I used to, or as I'd like to, but I have had SO MUCH FUN watching "Best Bud Ed" grow as man into the nurturing father he is.

In the past three years, I have had an opportunity to meet (virtually) several really wonderful guys out there... Some further along in their fathering, some in the same place I am, and a few that are just starting off on this long and winding journey called "fatherhood". You may or may not realize it, but I look to each of you for inspiration... When things are getting me down, it's so nice to be able to turn to someone I consider FRIEND, and although not next door, or down the block, or even in the neighboring city or state - knowing there is a place I can turn for a laugh, a validation of something I am feeling, or even a story about a similar situation on a screen available to me any time I want or need it - is therapeutic, and rejuvenating, and almost always good for a laugh or two... Thanks to you as well.. Be it in Georgia, or Texas - Canada, Idaho or Minnesota... Some things are commonly shared among those of us who enjoy being fathers, and that's what makes it fun.

As I have done in the past, in honor of Father's Day - I'll be posting a poem by an "old school" poet named Edgar Albert Guest. I enjoy reading his works... They are simplistic, and take me back to different time...

Daddies
By Edgar Albert Guest

I would rather be the daddy
Of a romping, roguish crew,
Of a bright-eyed chubby laddie
And a little girl or two,

Than the monarch of a nation,
In his high and lofty seat,
Taking empty adoration
From the subjects at his feet.

I would rather own their kisses,
As at night to me they run,
Than to be the king who misses
All the simpler forms of fun.

When his dreary day is ending
He is dismally alone,
But when my sun is descending
There are joys for me to own.

He may ride to horns and drumming;
I must walk a quiet street,
But when once they see me coming,
Then on joyous, flying feet

They come racing to me madly
And I catch them with a swing,
And I say it proudly, gladly,
That I'm happier than a king.

You may talk of lofty places;
You may boast of pomp and power;
Men may turn their eager faces
To the glory of an hour,

But give me the humble station
With its joys that long survive,
For the daddies of the nation
Are the happiest men alive.


4 comments:

  1. And excellent tribute. I love the poem.

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  2. Nice poem, I totally agree with it. Being a dad even just a short while changes your view on life and everything about it.

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  3. Happy Father's Day to you as well sir! (Sorry I'm late)

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