My Superpower is being called dad
There is so much joy that comes from being a father. I have 3 amazing kids. Well 2 are young adults but will always be my kids. Each day I wake up is another opportunity not only to be a provider, a teacher, a protector but an example and a mentor. My expectation from my kids is that each day is an opportunity for them to learn from everything around them.
I want to show my kids that no matter what life throws at them use it as a steppingstone or a hurdle but keep it stepping or jump over it, but never let it stop you and don’t quit. There maybe times when they will have to adjust and readjust the course, but that’s what life is about…learning. One of my proudest moments has been watching my kids walk across that graduation stage and get their diplomas. It brought me joy not only because did they accomplish a goal, but they are starting a new phase in their lives.
This reminds me of a time when my son was in elementary and was so called the “class clown”. The teacher called because he was disrupting the class and not obeying the rules. At the time I was living in another state, but the next day I drove the 8 hours to his school and spent the entire day with him. I went to every class. That day my son learned that there was no distance that would keep me from ensuring that he took his education seriously. My son was embarrassed that day to have his father spend the day with him, but he also recognized how important he was to me.
Now my daughter was very active in extracurricular activities such as band. There was time I wore a black and yellow shirt to her event. I was standing in the audience, but she was unable to spot me. When I made contact with her at the end of the event, she stated that she had not seen me while she was performing. Let me say, I stand 6’5” and it was very important to me that my daughter knew I was there supporting her. My solution from that day on, was to wear a loud color so she would never have a problem spotting me in the audience again. To this day I continue to wear loud colors and am easily spotted anywhere.
Life will teach my kids many lessons some I want to shield them from but as a father I understand that there will be times that they will fall, and I won’t be able to catch them. I do hope I have instilled in them all the necessary tools to learn and grow. I will continue to work hard to be a mentor, motivator, educator, provider and most importantly a loving father.
To all the fathers, Happy Father’s Day.
Guest Author: S. Singleton
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