Fathers, Appreciate the Smiles
Today, I had the opportunity to spend the entire day with my almost 6 year old son Ryder.
I made it his day completely.
Whatever he wanted to do, we did.
I offered him several suggestions but, he had his heart set on a path for the day, so, off we went.
First, he wanted bagels with myself and his Nana and Poppy.
We picked up some, went over to my parents house and surprised them with bagels and coffee and there were a ton of smiles from my boy.
Next, he wanted to go bowling.
So, we went to the bowling alley and played two games with each other and little man legitimately beat me by one pin over the two games.
Lots of gutter balls and a few strikes and spares, but again, there were tons of smiles from my boy.
On the way to our next requested destination, we grabbed a slushy.
He mixed up 4 or 5 different flavors into some sort of distorted rainbow concoction and again, there were lots of smiles from my boy.
Finally, we ended up at an in door playground where I watched him jump and run and laugh with dozens of other kids.
He ran and played like every child should, randomly jumping into my lap to give me a hug and tell me he loves me and once again, there was a multitude of smiles from my boy.
As we drove home from our father son escapade, he was quickly drifting off to sleep but before he did, he said,
“Daddy, thank you. I had a lot of fun today with you.”
He then smiled big, told me he loved me and drifted off to sleep.
Now, once a year, our calendar designates a day and calls it “Fathers Day.”
I, like many, will get together with my children and my parents and acknowledge my roll as father, perhaps open a gift and enjoy some food.
But, if the only day you acknowledge being a father is on a Hallmark calendar, perhaps you should reevaluate what that role truly means.
All fathers should celebrate being gifted that honor 365 days per year, not just when a calendar says you should.
I for one, celebrated a great day as a father today and I hope that every single day, I get to celebrate at least one smile from at least one of my children.
Because savoring and relishing those moments that we get to bond with our kids and enjoying smiles, are what real fatherhood is all about.
To all the dads out there who work really hard and sacrifice so much, please, celebrate every single day the privilege that has been bestowed upon you of raising a child.
Invest in them, as well as yourself and watch all the seeds you plant over the years, flourish over time and always, look for and appreciate the smiles.