I'm currently sitting at the Fort Wilderness Cabins at Disney World watching each of my children starting to wake up. We've come here the past few years for fathers day. It's a fun way to get away and do a "glamping" and spend some close quarters with my family
During Fathers day, I always try and reflect on the men that made an impact on my life, especially my Dad. I also have a chance to reflect on myself as Dad.
It always brings me back to the beautifully painted and colored paper bag my daughter gave me years ago. On the paper bag there was a poem glued to it. The poem was this:
"Walk a little slower Daddy," said a small child,
I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy.
For I must follow you."
The day your child is born, whether you like it or not, the "Superman" shirt is permanently on. No one will look to you for love, guidance, protection, and to be a hero more than them.
I have been so blessed to have a Dad who has given me all those things. He is the definition of a "selfless" man, which I think is the core character trait of a hero.
Being a father is about being courageous in everything you do. It's a job that can never be replaced by anyone else no matter what other good influences your child has around them.
Everything you think, say, and most importantly do, will be looked at and followed by your child as their highest level of influence.
I hope you were able to take some time yesterday to reflect on not just how awesome it is to be a dad, but the responsibility you have. You are a superhero.
Happy Father's day to my Dad and all the other great Dads out there.