A dad is someone who:
• may race to the hospital for an imminent birth, leaving the mom-to-be behind.
• is sure he wants a boy until a little girl is placed in his arms.
• gets little sleep for the first year of that tiny bundle of joy’s life.
• gets little sleep during the teenage years of that bundle of joy’s life.
• foregoes sleep entirely when his child is sick or injured.
• volunteers as a coach for little league sports.
• gives horseback rides even when he is dog tired.
is brave and strong and makes a child feel safe and secure.
• goes to work every day to provide for his family.
• is not afraid to be a stay-at-home dad when that is the best course of action.
• is a role model for his boys.
• is wrapped around his little girls’ fingers.
• attends parent teacher meetings (even if a little begrudgingly).
• is called to school whenever there are discipline problems.
• is called from summer camp by a homesick camper.
• is called from college by a homesick freshman.
• is called from college by a freshman needing money.
• is called from college each year by his child needing money.
• is called from spring break for heaven knows what.
• is begged for a tricycle.
• is begged for a two-wheeler.
• is begged for a car.
• cringes at every phone call after his child gets a driver’s license.
• has tears in his eyes when he walks his daughter down the aisle.
• has tears in his eyes when his son gets married.
• has tears in his eyes when he looks at his bank account after both events.
Oh yes, a dad is all this and more.
He is every child’s hero, every adolescent’s support and every young adult’s role model.
A dad is truly the wind beneath their wings. And then, well…then, he is a grandfather.
Happy Father’s Day.