Carl Thress | Sunday, June 21, 2015
Im not entirely sure why we dads get a day dedicated to thanking us. As I see it, that gratitude should be directed the other way around.
Each day, we get to watch our children grow, learn, and explore the world around them in new and different ways. We get to answer the million-and-one questions they always seem to have. (And yes, ask your mother is a perfectly valid reply.)
We get to hold them when theyre sad, laugh with them when theyre goofy, encourage them through doubts, and celebrate each first step they take into trying something new.
We get to miss them when they arent with us, smile when we see them again, worry when they face situations we cant control, and wish time could freeze in place, so we could savor precious moments a little while more.
Yes, we make plenty of mistakes, and, yes, we get distracted by TV, sports, our cellphones, and shiny objects on the ground. But in our hearts were grateful for every moment of every day we get to spend with our kids.
You see, we know how lucky we are and that other men arent quite so fortunate. We know some who have wasted their opportunities and others who have simply never had the chance at all.
We know men who cant spend time with their children, or as much as theyd like, despite their desire to do so.
And we know some whove lost children long before their time.
So, for us, Fathers Day really isnt about celebrating dads at all. Instead, its a chance to celebrate the priviledge we have of knowing someone who gladly calls us Dad and an opportunity to reaffirm thats something well never take for granted.
Carl Thress | Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Carl Thress | Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Carl Thress | Saturday, September 10, 2011
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