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The Best Father’s Day Gift….

June 16th, 2008 at 09:17 pm

True, my oldest son is 3 and Father’s day is a foreign concept to him. To him, it means my wife having him construct a work of art and pick a card. But he doesn’t understand the true gift he gave me.

You see now I am a role model. He studies everything I do. Do I yell at people, grab stuff away, do I tell lies, do I follow through on my promises?

Being around him, I have to be on my best behavior. I have to be polite. I have to be supportive and understanding. If I make a promise or give my word, I have to deliver. I can’t say well not today.

I promised him that we would sleep in a tent the other weekend. Well, won’t you know, they sprayed chemicals on my lawn. So, I set the tent up in the bedroom and we camped there. He told me scary stories about ghosts riding alligators (or at least that’s what I thought he said).

See, being a role model, means you are under constant scrutiny. You have to mind your p and q and dot you I and cross your t. Sure, he pushes my buttons, but he’s only testing me, making sure I’ve learned the lessons he has taught me.

So I want to thank you son, for the greatest present ever – making me a better person and expecting me perfect but accepting me as dear old dad – a work in progress.

7 Responses to “The Best Father’s Day Gift….”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    That is really sweet, merch, and makes me want to start having babies even sooner! Smile

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    "Sure, he pushes my buttons, but he’s only testing me, making sure I’ve learned the lessons he has taught me."

    thats cute. i like that perspective.

  3. reginaastralis Says:

    I really understand your perspective as well. I have a three year old little girl, and I try to remind myself daily that I want her to push her boundaries so that I know she is growing.

  4. JanH Says:

    What a great entry! Thanks for putting it into words...

  5. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    whoa needed that. To some it comes easier being a parent than to others.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Awww, that's very nice indeed.

    My kids are older than that so I have the added benefit of being able to converse with them very fluidly. Which is great because by this point, they are adding their own personality and spirit into the mix.

  7. Petunia Says:

    I don't think one father in ten consciously recognizes the impact of their example on their children, but it's definitely to their children's benefit when they do. It sounds like you and your son are having a mutual exchange of gifts. Smile

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