As a daddy to one fine young man and a baby boy on the way, I have spent a considerable amount of time over the last 10 days or so reflecting about being a father. Facebook and other social media outlets offers an interesting bird's-eye perspective into the worlds of our friends, co-workers, business partners and acquaintances. Today (Father's Day) I spent some time observing different ways people celebrate. I witnessed a disturbing trend.
Many fathers spent the day sleeping in, playing golf, or doing anything that DIDN'T involve their families. Many men in this country who should be able to have children, for one reason or another, can't conceive. Many parents have tragically lost children to horrific accidents or deadly diseases. The time you have is precious, the responsibility is awesome and the experience and joy is priceless.
My Father's Day was spent being a father. Now, I got to call some of the shots (i.e. where we ate, what we did), but every minute was spent fathering. We ate pizza, played baseball, put together puzzles and spent the time...together. I would encourage all fathers to embrace the responsibility and celebrate the privilege. You never know when it could all end.