Once a man takes on the important task of becoming a father, it suddenly stops being just about his life from that moment. You are now responsible for an entire person, even as they grow from infancy into adulthood. When a father is involved, responsible and committed, the bond established with your child is unbreakable. Sometimes in times of danger or emergency, a fathers automatic instinct is to protect. Most fathers I know who have good relationships with their children all share this innate trait.
of Erik Chappell, the Michigan attorney who leapt into action to save his two boys after a car bomb attack, inspired me to recall other tales of fathers who became knights in shining armor for their children.
In 2010, David Anderson
and his daughter Bridget, just two at the time, and their scare in New York was an example of a father thinking of nothing more than saving his child. His little girl fell into a cold East River after which a brave Frenchman and Anderson dove into the water to rescue the toddler.
Joe Gutierrez proved his heroic mettle after rescuing three babies
from a burning fire in Texas last month. Treating his actions like another day in the office, Gutierrez responded coolly, Im a regular guy. Im not a hero, Im a father. Thats what fathers do.
Although I didnt leap into freezing waters or burning buildings, I received a call today from my daughter while she was at school. Calling from the nurses office, I could tell something was amiss with her. I immediately stood up, and began walking towards the door to leave, not even regarding that I had a lot more work to do for the day. Whenever I hear my child in despair, shes no longer the tiny little person of 11 years ago. I harken back to holding her just out the womb. I dont see a tweener, I just see my baby.
Even now when she coughs too loud or says ouch, I get right up to see what the situation is. Ive been told by dads of older girls that eventually, shell tire of my doting ways and will want some independence. I know I cant always don a cape and take care of her problems, but I cant imagine being any other way for the rest of my life. I hope and pray that my daughter will always know that while I cant fix everything, Ill do anything I can in my power to give her the best and safest life.
Like Mr. Gutierrez said, that's what fathers do.