What Does Fatherhood Mean to Me?

Two mugs sat quietly on the kitchen table.
Cabinets weren’t bulging at the seams to feed the bottomless pits.
The fanatical screams of happy children had long since died away.
No one wanted to borrow my car keys.
The mountains of laundry were gone.
What has fatherhood meant to me?

To have a little child run up to you and throw their arms around you.
Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they learn something new.
To sing Winnie the Pooh with your toddler for everyone to hear.
To watch your children being sent away to war.
To sing at the top of your lungs in the car during a road trip.
Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they turned 5.
To walk your baby girl down the aisle to get married.
To see your daughter in tears after breaking up with a boyfriend.
To read their first report card.
To see you daughter in that first beautiful prom dress.
To watch your children become parents.
Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they turn 21.
To see your son salute a commanding officer.
To get a text message from your daughter that makes you laugh out loud.
To have that father-daughter dance at her wedding reception.
To watch the wonder in your children’s eyes as they discover new worlds.
To see your son in a tux.
To hold your children’s hands.
To sit beside your children’s beds and read them a story.
To listen to their first prayers.
To listen to their billionth prayer.
To wake up one morning and have the sugar in your coffee be salt.
To see your children on stage singing and dancing and being free.
To look back on the controlled chaos and know it made perfect sense.
Making good memories for every today that we have.
Having successful children living a happy life.
Making good memories for all of us.

What has fatherhood meant to me?
Dear Child,
No matter where you go,
No matter what you say,
No matter what you do,
I will always love you,
No matter what.

 

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