By Guest Blogger Steve Ford
Today is Father’s Day. I know that for many dads it is a special day because it marks the end of a grueling 364 day stretch without a new tie, a $20 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods or the opportunity to take an afternoon nap. Mind you, I would not turn down any of those treasures either. However, I believe that Father’s Day should mark the time that all of us dads take a timeout and reflect on some of the great things about being a dad. So, I have come up with a list of items that make being a dad great for me.
Keeps Me Young
I’m a 47 year old dad who has a 9 year old son who has more energy than Superman when he reversed time. The energy, the non-stop movement and constant play all contribute to getting me off of the couch and playing just as I did when I was his age.
I was born in the early 70’s, so when Star Wars was released in 1977 it was right in my wheel-house and it was Awesome! Han Solo and Darth Vader were everything I wanted to be. As I got older, those innocent ideas and thoughts faded away…until recently. My 5 year old is now Hans Solo or Darth Vader; depends on the day. It has allowed me to share this part of my childhood with my son.
I love to hear him laugh. Whether it is by tickle bug or taking a Nerf dart to the backside, I will do just about anything to hear his laugh.
Grocery Store Trips
I’m not sure if it is the free samples, the air conditioning or people watching but we have a common love for the grocery store. We often go three to four times a week. Since my wife loathes going to the grocery store, it is always a special dad-son event.
Snacks in the Car
I used to be a bit of a neat freak, which soon after becoming a dad I realized was going to be a thing of the past. One of the great things about having a 5 year old is that there will always be something to eat in the car. If I’m on my way to the gym and need a quick bit of energy there is sure to be a bag of fruit snack under a seat. On a longer trip and need something to hold me over until lunch…gold fish are only a few inches away.
I travel a lot for work. When I come home after being gone for 2-3 days, I’m greeted with a hug so big you would have thought I was shipwrecked for a year. It’s a great feeling.
Luke is now into everything. He loves basketball, soccer and wrestling the most. As a dad, it really means a lot to help him explore these passions as I did when I was his age.
For once in my life I no longer have to justify my wanting ice cream every day.
Happy Father’s Day to all!