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Sunday, June 18, 2006
A Father's Day Ode:
"See those fans, Daddy... Like those fans at our house!"
"See the truck. It's dirty!"
"Daddy, we're going to Lowes!"
"Daddy, last night, the silence wake me up!"
These are the phrases of my oldest son, on Father's Day. And today, I couldn't be happier.
Most people blogging about Father's Day are probably writing about their dads in some way. Well, today, instead, I'm going to write about my kids.
My oldest keeps growing, maturing almost daily. He sees things around him that fascinate him that most of us would see as mundane. Yesterday he watched a spider subdue an ant. He learned firsthand about the order of nature. These are things I would have never looked at before. My son makes me see things differently. He can be both fatiguing and energizing. He has required more of me than anything I have encountered prior to now in my life.
My youngest is but a babe, a wee one in the midst of larger humans. He is loud, just like his brother. He has an insatiable curiosity, just like his brother. He possesses the same ironic feature as his older sibling - he both motivates me, and drives me to tears.
And you know what? I love them infinitely, and wouldn't trade where I am now for anything on God's great earth.
Because of them, Father's Day is the most special day of the summer to me. It reminds me that I have been given a gift, and a responsibility. It reminds me that I have more fortune in two tiny lives than I could ever have in money, or fame. It reminds me of how grateful I am that I met my beautiful wife, and how blessed I am to have watched her give birth to these little boys.
On this Father's Day, it isn't about me, the father of my sons. It is about them, Ethan and Aidan. To them, I say "Thank you for being my boys. I love you both."
And to those of you out there who are fathers, I hope you realize how lucky you are. So go find your kids, if they haven't found you already. Give them a hug, and tell them how much you love them. Remember, without them, you wouldn't be a father in the first place.
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