In my world, what it means to “Be A Dad”
Clearly, Im not a dad, nor will I ever know what its like to be one. However, I do happen to know what it feels like when a dad takes time to Be a Dad to his daughter. Let me share what I mean.
My dad was always there for me, through good times and bad. And through all the trouble I got in, again and again during my teenage years, he was still there, being a dad.
While he bailed me out of my fare share of pickles he always made it a point to remind me of his expectations with love. So, at times, amidst what may have seemed like letting me get away with something, a lesson was learned. A challenge was always given for me to "show myself trustworthy," and I would be trusted. If I kept demonstrating the same poor behavior, trust could not be built. And it was through trust, that he would be willing to give me more responsibility in the future.
I believe it was these key learning moments as I was growing up that impacted me most. Im older and married now, and my dad is still there for me, being a dad, helping and encouraging me when needed.
I cant help but wonder if he and I could have rebuilt trust and more importantly, if rebuilding trust would have been as important to me had he not handled those teachable moments the way he did.
Thus, I encourage all dads to Be a Dad even through lifes ups and downs. But most importantly, Be a Dad who makes the downs count.