Fatherhood isn’t …
A new tie or golf balls, cheap beer and televised sports, kitchen blunders and parenting mishaps. Nor is it DNA, genes or a biological connection.
Fatherhood is …
- walking half-way around Killarney Lake with a broken foot to show your son and his friends how to skip rocks – for three hours.
- having the patience to sit with your son until he’s finished dinner even if it means feeding him bite by bite.
- playing the games I won’t: fighting, wrestling, light sabers, and something I like to call “watching bad movies.”
- trimming your son’s hair even if it takes four nights of full body contact to get it right.
- teaching your son to ride a bike down the back alley.
- holding your son when he’s scared, teaching him to man up when he needs courage, and carrying him when he’s too tired to cope.
- inviting your son’s birthfather into your life without insecurity or hesitation.
- recognizing fatherhood for the gift that it is.